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  • Title: Home
    Descriptive info: .. Now that you have found my Home Pages you are most welcome and I do hope that you will find time to explore those pages and hopefully find something which will interest you.. The Site will be updated on a regular basis.. Please feel free to write me by e-.. mail and you will always get an immediate reply.. Above all, enjoy yourself -.. HAVE FUN.. CONTENTS.. HOBBIES.. Amateur Radio.. A favourite hobby with details of.. Sir Robert Watson-.. Watt.. , father of radar.. St Monans Memories.. Childhood and young adult recollections.. DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY.. Kirkpatrick Irongray Parish.. : Details of a Parish in South West Scotland.. Covens and Covenanters.. :.. An important part of the History of the area.. The Glenkiln Sculptures.. :.. Visit those world famous Henry Moor and other statues located in the hills and glens above Dumfries.. Galloway’s Secret War.. : Learn some of Galloway’s Secrets including details of Scotland’s world famous Physicist,.. James Clerk Maxwell.. Find out about.. “The Devil’s Porridge”.. HOLIDAYS.. Holiday “Down Under” in Australia.. : A 1990 trip of a lifetime to Melbourne, Victoria generally and part of New South Wales.. Berlin  ...   An epic 3000 mile journey from Ontario, Canada via the Niagara Falls to Cape Cod, Boston, Bar Harbour and the New England States.. Cruises.. (including.. Stay and Cruise.. ,.. North Cape Explore.. r and.. Baltic Highlights.. ): The luxury way to see and tour.. You will be amazed at the beautiful Norwegian Fjords and the way of life in this part of the world.. CONTACT.. Includes personal information and e-.. mail address and a guest book.. Our Home in Bonnie Galloway.. Visitors (to this page) since August 2005.. West Coast America:.. Another epic 2700 mile “tour” of West Coast America from Yosemite to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and San Francisco.. Updated 16 November, 2010.. Rugby Union Football.. Rugby playing days from Waid Academy, Anstruther to the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and Dumfries Rugby Club.. The Territorial Army:.. Experiences of twenty two years as a Territorial.. Macsiccar’s Scottish Golf.. A personal view of Golf in Scotland -.. and elsewhere.. Gardening.. Details of my garden in South West Scotland.. CQ CQ CQ CQ.. Web Site Design.. -.. A personal piece on the Internet -.. Go on, have a go!.. Gliding.. Early gliding experiences..

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  • Title: Hobbies
    Descriptive info: Hobbies have been an essential part of one’s life whilst both working and retired.. This is especially so once retirement is imminent.. It was always felt that if you cannot get out to say the Golf Course or the Garden, an indoor hobby was also essential.. This was where my interest in Amateur Radio came to the fore and which I took up and studied for just a couple of years before my retirement was due.. So let me take you through some of those hobbies:.. This was a lifelong  ...   taught me a lot in my early days which I was able to expand with knowledge gained whilst studying at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.. I do hope that this short explanation will give readers a few ideas and some encouragement to try something new.. But there are many more not covered here but which would be just as interesting and fruitful.. Do have a go and live life to the full.. The Territorial Army, Amateur Radio and Gardening in south West Scotland are just three of my hobbies.. LINKS..

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  • Title: Dumfries and Galloway
    Descriptive info: Dumfries and Galloway has probably been one of Scotlands best kept secrets.. But now that you have discovered this lovely part of South West Scotland on those pages, the SECRET IS OUT -.. well and truly.. If you have never been here before , then give yourself a treat and try to make a visit.. This is the Scotland you dream about.. a place where people have time for other people and where nothing is too much trouble.. I am confident that should you make such a visit, you will come to appreciate the friendliness of the local people and like so many visitors to this area you will enjoy yourself and will not hesitate to come back again and again.. The pace of life is easy and the towns and villages retain their distinctive character.. There is plenty of space for all on the quiet roads and the open countryside.. Dumfries and Galloway comprises the former three counties -.. Dumfriesshire, the Stewartry of Kircudbright and Wigtownshire.. Each of the counties is further split up into administrative areas of which the Parishes play and important  ...   South, is the capital and administrative centre of Dumfries and Galloway in this South Western part of Scotland.. It has a population of just over 30,000 people and has had diverse historical roots from King Robert the Bruce to Robert Burns and associations with J M Barrie, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Hare (of Burke and Hare), John Paul Jones,the founder of the US Navy, to name but a few.. It is also the home of the first Bicycle and played host to the last public hanging in Scotland.. The well known statue of Robert Burns is shown on the left here adjoining Greyfriars in the centre of Dumfries.. But Dumfries does not , however, live off the past and is currently investing imaginatively in the future.. There are many attractions and should you come this way, you are cordially invited to visit as many as possible.. St Michael’s Church (above left) and the River Nith at the Caul in Dumfries.. Sweetheart Abbey at.. New Abbey.. McClellan Castle, Kirkcudbright.. The famous Belted Galloway cattle quietly grazing.. Typical Dumfries Galloway Countryside near Tynron.. Loch Ken near Dalry (Kirkcudbrightshire..

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  • Title: Holidays
    Descriptive info: Holidays are essential to everyone’s life! It has been a guide of mine that whenever one can it is good to have a change from the normal.. A holiday in a cottage locally, away from your normal abode, is as acceptable as a long trek over the Rockies in Western Canada.. So here are few of the most important of those which have been enjoyed by the family and I do hope that it will give you some inspiration to do something similar.. Australia is a vast place and on our visit there in 1990 we decided to stick with the State of Victoria where our friends live and a small part of New South Wales.. This episode tells our story.. Yes an odd place for a Scotsman to visit but read on and find out more of this fascinating area now that the cold war is over and Berlin is again a single City.. This was something which we really did enjoy.. 2500 miles were covered and the magic of Banff Springs, Lake Louise,  ...   Harbour and the beautiful colours of the Fall in the New England States of America.. Ranked by me as one of the three most beautiful places on earth along with Arctic Norway and the Rocky Mountains of Western Canada.. Visit Skye, the Island of Harris and Lewis, Islay,the East Neuk of Fife and Loch Awe.. This comprises a 3000 miles trip from Ontario Canada, to New York State,, Plymouth, Cape Cod and Provincetown, Boston, Bar Harbour and all other New England States before heading back to Ottawa and Ontario Canada.. Only three cruises are depicted here -.. One by Ocean Village which comprises staying for a week in a Majorcan Hotel and a week cruising on the “Ocean Village” cruise ship round the Mediterranean and the second one to Arctic Norway on the cruise ship “Thomson Celebration” and entitled North Cape Explorer.. The third one described as ‘Baltic Highlights”, was completed in June 2009 on the “Thomson Spirit” (sister ship of the ‘Celebration’).. The latter included visits to Norway, Sweden, Finland Russia, Germany and Denmark.. NEWS..

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  • Title: Contacts
    Descriptive info: Please feel free to e-.. mail at any time and you can be assured that you will always get an immediate reply.. Macsiccar@btinternet.. com.. Macsiccar’s Scottish World.. Your host.. View My Guestboo.. k.. Sign My Guestbook.. Macsiccar!.. Why Macsiccar?.. A lot of friends have asked why use the screen name “Macsiccar” and only a few have cracked the code!.. The explanation is very historical, very Scottish and much associated with Dumfries in the south west of Scotland.. It was an early winter’s morning in 1306 when 30 year old future King of Scotland.. Robert Bruce, Lord of Annandale and Earl of Carrick together with his brother in law Sir Christopher Seton and friends Roger Kirkpatrick and David Lindsay were on their way to a meeting with Sir John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch.. Sir John had a ruddy complexion that dubbed him the “Red” Comyn and was in Dumfries for the Justiciars Court.. He was was arguably the most powerful man in Scotland and was staying at Dalswinton seven miles or so further up the River Nith.. He had agreed to the meeting after Bruce sent two of his brothers to Dalswinton, suggesting it would be in their mutual interest.. The meeting was arranged so that Bruce could put his simple plan to Comyn which was for the  ...   against the alter.. Comyn’s uncle, Sir Robert, watching from close by, immediately drew his sward and got in a blow that crashed off the chain mail protecting Bruce’s chest.. It was the old man’s last act.. Seconds later Sir Christopher Seton hewed open his scull with a massive sward blow, killing him instantly.. Bruce staggered blindly from the church, followed by Seton, and collapsed against the wall trying to make sense of the last few minutes.. His excited followers clamoured around anxiously demanding to know what had happened.. The blood on Bruce’s dagger,told the tale.. “I think I’ve killed Comyn”, Bruce reputedly blurted out.. The Kirkpatrick family swear their ancestor Roger, later Sir Roger, replied:.. “What dae ye mean, think? Ah’ll.. mak siccer.. ”.. (meaning “I will make sure”).. The story goes that he, Roger Kirkpatrck, and David Lindsay dashed back into the Church and despatched the still alive Comyn.. Thursday February 11, was destined to be a key date for them all, not to mention the future of Scotland and England.. So since my wife’s family’s name is Kirkpatrick,that we live the Royal and Ancient.. Burgh of Dumfries and I am a very patriotic Scotsman, I felt the derivation of.. “mak siccer”.. to.. “.. Macsiccar”.. was most appropriate and hence was adopted as a screen name..

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  • Title: Amateur Radio
    Descriptive info: The Shack.. Thank you for visiting this page.. As you have probably read in one of my other pages, I have been associated with the Territorial Army in the United Kingdom for many years and it was through my first posting as an Officer Cadet to the Signals Platoon of the 5 Bn Kings Own Scottish Borderers that I first got the bug for radio Communications.. As a young subaltern, I was most impressed at how Radio Communications played such an important part in the running of the unit; how you could communicate with someone unseen and at a great distance; how easy it was to talk to that person you couldn t see, without the aid of wires; how secure was the system of operating.. And to speak to someone 80 miles away by what I then termed a Skywave Aerial was just unbelievable to me.. I decided there and then in the late 1950s that, come the proper time, I would learn the secrets of this mode of communication.. Little did I know then that I would not have time to get into this hobby until I was just about to retire.. Family, work, the TA and other interests such as Gliding, Golf and Gardening took up an inordinate amount of time.. But when I saw retirement looming, I decided that if it was a rainy or snowy winter s day and I couldn t get out into the garden or go off for a round of Golf, I needed some indoor hobby to get me out of my wife s hair during the retirement years!.. But it was was not until 1987 that I was eventually able to get down and study for the Radio Communication Agency s examinations and learn the dreaded Morse Code.. However, buckle down I did, and obtained my full UK Amateur Radio Licence in 1988 with the Scottish call.. GM0HZM.. From this it was a natural progression to computing which I now also enjoy sometimes separately and sometimes together with the amateur radio hobby.. So from those early days of Military Radio Communications I  ...   A neighbour and friend Alastair, who lived in the adjoining farm, saw all my efforts and indeed along with a further neighbour, they helped me to erect the new system.. Unbeknown to me Alastair had carefully watched all that was happening and wrote the details down in verse, finally reciting it at a formal housewarming party some weeks later.. Here, with his permission, are his lines:-.. TOTEM JIM.. The Quiet o the parish is aw but gone away.. Since a man called Jimmy Aitken came to Irongray.. With his long spikey aerial set up on the roof.. When Jimmy spoke through forket tongue he really stood aloof.. Now bouncin off the Isle of Man.. To speak to folk in Amsterdam.. Was hardly what this big man had in mind.. A new and bigger system he must find.. For to send his signals roon aboot.. He ed have to get things sorted oot.. His messages must sound both loud and clear.. To get doon to the Southern Hemisphere.. So Jim dug a yard square hole.. Got himself a totem pole.. Set it up to point both south and west.. Then found the north-.. east corner far the best.. Edith says come on noo Jim the gardens oh tae plant.. Oh mercy me can you no see at the moment a jest can t.. the carrots, leek and onions will a jest have to wait.. I ve got it gan it s running strong I ll have to modulate!.. Noo sittin doon at the fire on a cald dreach winters night.. When switchin on the telly, mighty what a fright!!!.. Instead of Peter Sissons reading the news.. All we hear is Totem Jim s CQ CQ CQues.. People noo frae far and wide hear the wisdom o this man.. Fae Mexico to Canada, New Zealand and Japan.. Now when you hear his call sign echo s through the air.. We all can hear Totem Jim (Is their anybody there?!!).. The Tennamast and TB3 Aerial in my garden.. The computer end of the Shack.. Operating a friend’s equipment at Annan in his shack.. Top of Page..

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  • Title: Watson-Watt
    Descriptive info: The Bawdsey Research Station in 1938.. How much do we in the Amateur Radio hobby know about radar? I must admit that even having been brought up during the 1939/45 war years my knowledge of radar was very sketchy.. I knew that a cousin of mine who had his Skipper’s Ticket joined the Royal Navy in 1940 and as is typical of the Services, wasn’t put in charge of a naval vessel as he expected, but was drafted  ...   Operator.. He explained it to me after the war that the system was similar to how bats find their way in the dark by making a high pitched noise which most humans cannot hear and the sound bounces off a near-.. by object such as a tree or a moth.. Known as echolocation, the bat hears the sound and after a split second, it has worked out where to go and how far away the object is from it..

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  • Title: St Monans
    Descriptive info: Childhood Memories of St Monans.. In the main for fishermen and boatbuilders Sunday was a day of rest with the wartime auxiliary services training taking place after the church services or on Saturday.. St Monans was of course a very religious place having many places of worship ranging from the main Church, the Church of Scotland, the Free Church, the Congregational Church, the Salvation Army and many meeting rooms for a number of Brethren and other followers.. The large number of religious establishments gave rise to the village being known as.. “The Holy City”.. The picture below is of St Monance Parish Church, the oldest church in Scotland still in regular use.. Known as “.. The Auld Kirk”,.. it is reputedly built by King David II, Son of King Robert The Bruce, after being shipwrecked nearby.. It was thought to have been completed in 1369.. But again, please refer to Aitken Fyall’s excellent book.. “St Monans History Customs and Superstitions”.. for full and detailed information.. This was where I was christened, where my father was an Elder, where I was a member of the Choir and which generally had a great effect on  ...   our national bard Robert Burn’s poems “.. To a Mouse, on turning up her Nest with the Plough, November 1785.. ” or “.. To a Louse, on seeing one on a Lady’s Bonnet in Church.. It was whilst attending a service at the church when aged about 8 or 9 and sitting with my friend Robert that we noticed when a discarded sweet paper (always used to help the long Minister’s sermon pass a bit quicker) was placed on a small stone plinth adjoining our pew, that the piece of paper suddenly disappeared.. This happened on a number of occasions until we noticed a nose of a small mouse protrude from the hole, presumably looking for more sweet papers! Of course this caused great hilarity to the pair of us for the rest of the sermon.. Unfortunately for us the headmaster at our school Wilfred Skelding was sitting in the pew in front of us and didn’t appear to be upset by our antics.. The 14th Century Auld Kirk.. of St Monans.. Grandad is shown here (on the right) in the wheelhouse of the “Camelia” with his crew again probably in the early 1930s’..

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  • Title: Kirkpatrick Irongray
    Descriptive info: It is thought that the Parish of Kirkpatrick Irongray got its name from the Saint Patrick who had come to this part of Scotland from Ireland and that there had been a place of worship in the location since those early days, hence Kirk and Patrick.. The Parish is an old administration area of a County where there was a Parish School , the Parish Church with its Minister.. The inhabitants of the Parish amount to only 500 at the present time.. Irongray Church.. One of the Glenkiln Statues.. Routin’ Bridge.. Irongray Church (above left) and its considerable older graveyard act as a focal point attracting many visitors to the Parish.. It is an active parish of The Church of Scotland with regular worship taking place in the Church every Sunday and has its share of other services such as wedding.. and funerals.. Irongray Parish is situated northwest of Dumfries and from the river Cairn on the northern boundary of the parish it extends south beyond the village of Shawhead and westwards to the hills above Glenkiln.. The area is rich in features of cultural, historical and natural heritage interest.. Interest is further added by links to ancient Celtic people, a strong Covenanting history, and more recently by the world class sculptures at Glenkiln.. Several notable stories exist, foremost of which must be its strong association with Covenanting times when congregations followed ministers to the hills for illegal open-.. air conventicles.. The Martyrs Tomb near Irongray Parish church commemorates the infamous execution of two Covenanters in the year 1685.. Kirkpatrick Irongray’s famous beauty spot -.. the Routin’Bridge.. Irongray is a very rural parish  ...   churches under the parochial system which superseded the monasteries in the 12th C.. Irongray was added later to distinguish this parish from its neighbour, Kirkpatrick-.. in-.. the-.. Moor (now Kirkpatrick Durham).. Today Irongray is the territorial name of the parish, and Kirkpatrick Irongray that of the kirk.. The present church, on the original holy site above the River Cluden, was re-.. built in 1803, with the tower added in 1872.. Sunday worship takes place there at 11.. 30a.. m.. The parish has a strong Covenanting history – its minister, Rev.. John Welsh, great-.. grandson of John Knox, was deprived of his living in 1662 when he would not conform to episcopacy, and became one of the first field-.. preachers.. In 1678 he and three colleagues held the ‘Great Conventicle’ on Skeoch Hill, when the Sacrament was administered over 3 days to over 3,000 followers who came from as far as Ayrshire to worship in their chosen way.. A monument at the site commemorates this historic event.. At Hallhill there is a martyrs’ tomb to two Covenanters who were hanged on an oak-.. tree there during ‘the Killing Times’.. Presbyterianism was restored in 1690, and the fortitude and integrity it encouraged is well revealed in The Heart of Midlothian by Sir Walter Scott who took the story of Irongray’s Helen Walker as the prototype for his heroine, Jeannie Deans.. Scott erected Helen Walker’s tombstone in Irongray Kirkyard where a more recent heroine is also remembered on her parents’ stone – Jane Haining, a Church of Scotland missionary who chose to remain with her Jewish orphan charges and was exterminated with them at Auschwitz in 1944..

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  • Title: Covens and Convenanters
    Descriptive info: My thanks are due on this page and the previous page to Moira Aitken.. Moira is in the process of writing a book about, inter alia, Irongray.. Do get a copy when it is published! Moira has also given me permission to publish a couple of her articles relative to Irongray Parish, namely the above and “For Christ and Covenant”.. ‘From Covens to Covenanters’ (Witchcraft and Religious Persecution), the subject for the DiG History Conference in Dumfries on 12th May, 2002 has particular significance for South West Scotland, for here during the 17th Century there was great suffering spawned by cruel fanaticism and religious persecution.. COVENS … Life was short and precarious, lived on the poverty line, and ignorance of scientific cause and effect encouraged deep-.. held belief in omens, lucky or unlucky, and the black arts.. The vagaries of weather and the health of people, animals and crops were vital matters of chance which might be cajoled by rituals, charms and incantations to ward off the malevolence of evil spirits – ghosts, witches, and devils.. Herbal concoctions were chancy medicines.. Rowan branches were fixed to doorposts to ward off the Evil Eye, and witches’ stanes hung in byres to ensure a good milk yield.. There was belief in ‘white magic’, too -.. brownies, benevolent spirits at night performed domestic tasks, spinning, churning, or winnowing corn.. In such a culture of insecurity it was easy for petty squabbles to escalate, to seek to wreak revenge by making damaging accusations of witchcraft.. The Reformation came to Scotland in 1560 and, seeking to sweep away all the corroding influences of the medieval church, including superstition and belief in magical powers of relics, an Act was passed in 1563 making sorcery a capital crime.. Informing, sleuthing, torturing to extract confessions, and the agonising deaths which ensued epitomise the shameful cruelty of the times.. By the end of the 17th Century over 1000 ‘witches’ in Scotland had been tortured then hanged, drowned, or burned at the stake, 70 of them in Dumfries Galloway.. Mostly women, often old, poor, lonely, vulnerable, victims of dementia, slander or revenge, these were the scapegoats in times of plague, pestilence and poor harvests.. The history of Kirkpatrick Irongray, a Kirkcudbrightshire parish 5 miles west of Dumfries, in many ways reflects events common elsewhere in the South West.. In 1650 Elizabeth Maxwell, along with five other women and a man, was charged with practising witchcraft, hanged and burnt at Dumfries.. Accused of working magic around a great fire, it was claimed Elizabeth Maxwell had deployed such sorcery that those displeasing her had died, bairns failed to thrive, cattle and horses expired, and when Herbert Sinclair at Irongray rented a plot of land she coveted, all his stock sweated to death.. William Gladstone claimed to have seen her riding a cat at night.. Was she ‘the sorceress at Routingbridge in Irongray’ blamed for raising a poltergeist at Ringford after a young man, dogged by ill fortune, had consulted her? The Routin’ Brig in its spectacular setting over a deep fall of water would certainly provide an impressive background to nefarious acts.. Although the Court of Justiciary held the last trial for witchcraft in Dumfries in 1700, Kirk Sessions long afterwards were dealing with accusations of sorcery, and in a more charitable way.. Kirk Session minutes in Irongray commence in 1691 not long after the Revolution Settlement when Presbyterianism was restored, and though various cases of psychical phenomena came up before the Kirk Session, all were found not guilty or not proven: invariably the protagonists were cautioned to repent and to keep the peace.. Thus in 1691 David Muirhead of Drumpark and his wife were called before the Session with Janet Sinklar, the latter being rebuked before the congregation for saying she ‘doubted Drumpark’s wife of murder and witchcraft’.. In the same year Drumpark’s neighbours, William Anderson and his wife in  ...   heard her not say that Jo.. wife was a witch or had familiaritys with the Devil.. Four further witnesses were called at Irongray Kirk on June 26 1715: ‘The deposition being considered it was found that nothing was proven therefore Margret Oliver was dismissed advised to live humbly and circumspectly.. ’.. But Time brings a different perspective.. By the 1780s Robert Burns in his narrative poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ could portray carlins and witches and the De’il as humorous figments of Tam’s over-.. indulgence.. Red keel or chalk patterns drawn on doorsteps were believed to protect the occupants from witchcraft.. As folk art this continued in Irongray until at least the 1970s, its original intention quite forgotten.. … and COVENANTERS.. The Reformation, the great religious and political movement of the 16th Century, established Protestantism in Scotland in 1560, bringing a fundamental change of doctrine, discipline and worship.. Rejected were the doctrine of transubstantiation, adoration of Virgin and saints, and the headship of Rome.. Jesus Christ alone was acclaimed King and Head of the Church, and salvation (‘justification’) was achieved by faith alone, the gift of grace.. Unity was guaranteed by a hierarchy of church courts where ruling elders and teaching elders were all of equal rank.. The reformers saw the value of a highly trained ministry, of universal education and the exercise of discipline whereby vice was repressed and virtue nourished.. The parish church, ‘a system for a free people’, was a blueprint for democracy: the people had the right to worship as they chose.. Democracy, however, did not accord with the monarchy of the day, and for almost the whole of the 17th Century there was resistance by the Kirk in Scotland against the power of the ill-.. fated Stewart kings.. The imposition of episcopacy was the catalyst which saw thousands -.. ‘Covenanters’ -.. sign the National Covenant drawn up to pledge support for Presbyterianism.. Civil war was inevitable, and so began half a century of bitter conflict and suffering.. More than 300 ministers were outed from their parishes, most of them in Southern Scotland.. Hunted and harried, fined, tortured, imprisoned or banished to slavery on the Plantations, many Covenanters nevertheless flocked to hear the outed ministers at Conventicles (field preachings) in secluded sites.. Parish churches served by curates were all but deserted though drastic penalties were imposed for non-.. attendance, for hearing outed ministers or giving them shelter.. Sir James Turner was sent to the South West quartering his mercenaries on those in the offending areas where the trail of destruction and torture served only to confirm the resolve of those with Covenanting sympathies.. The first open opposition to the settlement of the curates was in Kirkpatrick Irongray.. The minister, John Welsh, great grandson of John Knox, had been outed in 1662 and the Bishop of Glasgow imposed a ‘King’s curate’, Bernard Sanderson, on the parish.. His parishioners ‘did not allow him peaceful access’, hurling stones when he tried to enter the kirk: Margaret Smith was sentenced to banishment to Barbardos, and James Arnott was fined 400 merks.. In 1666 an incident at Dalry sparked off the Pentland Rising, but it was outside Irongray Kirk that the Covenanters assembled with 400 horse before marching on Dumfries with John Welsh at their head to take Sir James Turner prisoner.. The ensuing strife cost Irongray dear -.. it was declared treasonable to harbour the leaders of the rebellion, including Welsh of Scarr and Welsh of Cornlee.. On 12th December John Gordon and John Neilson of Irongray were hanged in Edinburgh without trial.. In January William Welsh and John Grierson were hanged in Dumfries without trial.. James Welsh of Little Clouden had life and property forfeited.. Of four sons of Biggar of Barbuie engaged in Covenanting skirmishes, two escaped to the Borders and two to Ireland.. Many others unsung were hunted and persecuted but remained determined witnesses to their faith..

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  • Title: Glenkiln Statues
    Descriptive info: Tony Keswick, a local Laird, was a good friend of the famous Henry Moore and it was through their influences that the world famous statues were placed amongst these most picturesque hills and glens of Glenkiln in Irongray Parish.. To visit, take the A75 from Dumfries to Stranraer and in 6 miles west of Dumfries, turn right for the village of Shawhead.. In a mile turn right in the village then keep left and in about 2 miles up a narrow country tar-.. surfaced road you will come to the King and Queen statue on the left and Glenkilns Reservoir on your right.. There is a car parking area at the top of the reservoir beside the statue of John the Baptist.. Thereafter proceed on foot to the various locations.. You can pick up a brochure at the local Tourist Office to show the location of various statues within the area.. TWO PIECE RECLINING FIGURE.. This statue described as a Two Piece Reclining Figure was by Henry Moore in 1959.. The particular sculpture is a mixture of the human figure and landscape, a metaphor of the relationship of humanity with the earth just as a poem can be.. Although the statues itself is of Fibre Glass, the local stone base weighs 10 ton and the statue is 6 feet 4 inches long.. If you ever get the chance to see this wonderful piece of sculpture consider not just the two pieces but the space between.. KING AND QUEEN.. Original was in Antwerp, Belgium and the sculpture originated not from a drawing but from playing around with modeling wax.. It was started with the Kings head then because it looked like a King required a Queen to go with it.. Sculpture was by Henry Moore in 1952-.. 53.. It is considered that this was one of the best of Moor  ...   Don’t miss this one if visiting.. VISITATION -.. JACOB EPSTEIN 1926.. And Mary arose in Those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into the city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elizabeth.. And it came to pass, that, when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.. And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of the womb.. And whence is this to me, that the mother of the Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of the salutation sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.. And blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord -.. Luke 1.. verses 39-.. 45.. Epstein depicts the Virgin Mary in the moment that she is recognized as the mother of God by her cousin Elizabeth.. The child in Elizabeth s womb was John the Baptist whose conception like that of Jesus was announced by the angel Gabriel.. The statue, in the centre of a copse of trees, is 6 6 high and is made of bronze.. TONY AND MARY KESWICK MEMORIAL On a trip to Istanbul in the 1970 s Tony Keswick was much taken with the widows stones he saw in cemeteries there.. Apparently, the turban topped stones were traditional entitlement of the widow in Turkey, a tradition which still holds good today.. He decided that he would like one as a Memorial stone for himself and Mary Keswick at Glenkiln.. He made the necessary arrangement with Sir James Bowher (British Ambassador to Turkey).. After great difficulty he managed to have a stone shipped to Scotland..

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