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Under the wide sky, high on the moors of Dumfries & Galloway and in tombs in its ancient kirkyards lie The Covenanters. These religious people were persecuted for their beliefs by the Stuart Kings in the mid-seventeenth century.  Many of their religious gatherings, often taking place under the stars on the moors or in local woodland, were raided by the King’s forces and many Covenanters were summarily executed. Today, the gravestones and memorials to these courageous believers tell a sad but fascinating tale. Wander around the small and often remote churchyards such as at Anwoth. Here you will find the stone to John Bell of Whyteside, “barbarously shot to death on Kirkconnel Moor for adherence to the Covenants”.

There is a monument to their memory in Sanquhar.


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