AUTHOR’S NOTES

Map references are National Grid, taken from Ordnance Survey ‘Landranger’ Series. The number in square brackets indicates the Landranger map number. The references relate to the position in Scotland of the Covenanter graves, memorials or other places of interest.

Entries in black in the Indices refer to associated people/places/things directly opposed to the Covenanters and the Covenanting Movement.

In the Places Index - names in bold indicate a more comprehensive entry in the People Index; place names in bold indicate a more comprehensive entry elsewhere in the Places Index; other words in bold indicate a more comprehensive entry in the Miscellaneous Index.


EDITOR’S NOTES



SOURCED MATERIAL


The work includes many quotations and excerpts from external sources. Where possible, typos have been corrected to facilitate reading and comprehension. However, some errors may remain! Square brackets [like these] indicate editor’s notes and [sic] is used to indicate the word has been left in its original published form.


INSCRIPTIONS


Inscriptions on gravestones and memorials have been reproduced as accurately as possible, with original design, spacing, spelling etc. retained. On rare occasions, however, the inscription has sadly become too difficult to read; on such occasions either no typed inscription is given next to the photo or guesswork comes into play in the case of one or two words.


APOLOGIES


The internet has proved an invaluable source of information in researching dad’s book and helping to fill in some gaps. On the other hand, access to a wealth of information reveals yet more gaps as fresh discoveries come to light all the time. With the advent of digitalised books I have been readily able to access a number of works, perhaps hitherto collectors’ items. Perhaps the most prominent of these is Wodrow’s famous History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland. I started to go through this tome, collecting the relevant names of Covenanters, but had to give up because this would be another 30 years’ work in itself!


So, as dad says, the work is still incomplete due to the impossible task of tracing the names of all the Covenanters (700 died in Durham alone whose names are largely lost and it has proved difficult to find the names of all those banished overseas). Also, despite every effort there remain a number of sites that neither of us have yet been able to visit and for which I can trace no photo. This is very frustrating, but maybe in time we will complete the volume.


Often I came across information referring to unnamed individuals, either Covenanters or those who aided the Covenanters. There has been no way of including them in the index so I would like to pay homage here to the thousands of unnamed individuals who are not included in this work. Their names may not be listed here, but there is no doubt they are listed in the Lamb’s Book of Life for their faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ.


As with any project of this nature, it has been impossible to keep the work up-to-date. Graves and memorials are thankfully constantly being renewed and new information is coming to light all the time; like the Forth Bridges, you get to the end and then have to start all over again.


For a complete list of those fined in 1662 see Wodrow Volume I. pp 271-280.


For a complete list of ministers (conformist and non-conformist) in Scotland and Ireland, see Wodrow Volume I. pp 324-329.


For a complete list of ‘rebels’ (1668), see Wodrow Volume II. p 109.



DATES OF BIRTH AND DEATH


Wherever possible I have included these after the person’s name, but where no trace of information could be found, I had to leave a blank.


NAMES


At the time of the Covenanters there were many people who shared identical Christian names and surnames. Combined with the fact that spelling was far from universal, this made the compilation of the People Index very difficult and increased the chances of duplication. It has been impossible at times to discover whether two or more occurrences of the same (or similar) name refer to the same person; I have indicated such cases by the word (duplicate?) after each relevant entry. For the same reason it was not always possible to determine to which individual a particular reference in Wodrow’s History referred. If in doubt, I have omitted to include a reference to this work.


For ease of comprehension I have listed all names beginning Mc, Mac or M’ 1 under Mc. For the same reason I have universalised the following similar surnames:


Cunningham - all derivations thereof

McClellan/McClellane/McClellanes/McLellane/McLellan/ McLellanes - listed under McLellan.


GRAVES


Wherever possible, the location of a person’s grave is given, but sometimes it has not been possible to find the location of graves or memorials. I have clearly indicated such cases in the text.



PLACE NAMES IN THE PEOPLE’S INDEX


Wherever possible I have tried to discover the exact place of origin for each Covenanter listed in the People’s Index, mostly using Brian Orr’s excellent database as a reference. Unfortunately differences in spelling at the time have made this difficult, as has the fact that many places no longer exist. Where it has been impossible to find a location altogether I have followed that place-name with a question mark. Often I discovered there was (and maybe still is) more than one place with the same name. Again, using the internet, I tried to discover the correct one. At times, however, there has just not been enough information to know for sure, so this is also indicated in brackets after each relevant place name. At times I have listed each possibility and made an educated guess as to which is the one referred to.


REFERENCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY


Wherever possible I have given titles of books, with relevant page numbers for each individual entry in the indexes, but obviously page numbers may differ if not using the edition of the text shown.  In the case of Simpson’s Traditions of the Covenanters, I have sometimes used two editions. The digitized version is marked *.


An asterisk before the text indicates that the book is available digitally and the link to the digitized version is given in the Bibliography on page.

For ease, and to avoid repetition in the various indexes, I have abbreviated some of the titles, but full details are listed in the Bibliography.


 1It seems this was the accepted way of spelling Mc or Mac in the 17th century.