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The Gallows of Ayr and the Lost Covenanter’s Grave #History #Scotland

2 February 2019

The Covenanter Andrew Macgill who was hanged at the end of 1684 or early 1685 had a martyrs’ stone erected over his grave beside Ayr gallows. However, his gravestone has been...

The Pentland Rising of 1666: Executed in Dumfries on 2 January, 1667 #History #Scotland

2 January 2019

Two days after the executions in Ayr, two more Covenanters were hanged and beheaded in Dumfries for their part in the Pentland Rising of November, 1666. Their heads were exhibited at...

The Pentland Rising of 1666: Executed at Irvine on 31 December #History #Scotland

31 December 2018

Four days after he had executed seven of his rebel comrades at Ayr, Cornelius Anderson hanged and beheaded two more Covenanters in Irvine, probably at the mercat cross, on 31 December,...

The Pentland Rising of 1666: Executed at Ayr on 27 December #History #Scotland

27 December 2018

Five days after six were executed in Edinburgh for the Pentland Rising, seven Covenanters were hanged and beheaded in Ayr. All of those who were executed were from Galloway. At around...