Many of the Covenanter Memorials are
scattered in the moors and hills of South West
Scotland and may only be reached by the experienced hill
walker. It is therefore a real pleasure to find a CD that
is a dedicated collection of excellent photographs and
includes some of these remoter monuments. The CD also
helpfully includes a brief summary of the events the
memorial commemorates, and gives directions how to
reach the memorial in question. This is a `must buy` for
anyone interested in the Covenanters and their suffering.
Robert Hart of New Cumnock, Ayrshire has
walked the hills, taken the photographs and produced the
CD which you can preview at his web site at
Dumfries and Galloway.
Another excellent CD with superb
photographs is that of Sandy Pittendreigh of the Dumfries
and Galloway Family History Society. Another keen hill
walker, Sandy has captured some stunning views of the
hills of the deep south west of Scotland and the Solway
Firth where so many of the persecuted Covenanters wandered
in the wilderness. Over three hundred years later it is
still a land where the weather can change dramatically in
minutes and the swirling mists descend to wrap the walker
in `the Lords Cloak` as Alexander Peden called it.
Here too are to be found many memorials to the
Covenanters, including the Solway Martyrs, Margaret Wilson
and Margaret McLachlan, executed by drowning at Wigtown.
Sandy`s CD includes photographs of the
Ruthwell Cross, an 18ft tall eighth century Celtic
preaching cross; some superb photos of the stained glass
windows in churches of the region, and many war memorials
with close up photographs of the names of the war
dead. His photographs Hill Walks and the River Nith
illustrate just how beautiful the Dumfries & Galloway
region is. Previews can be seen at :
Folk music about the Covenanters.
Bob McNeill, a Glaswegian currently
living in New Zealand is an award winning song writer and
folk musician who has recently brought out a CD entitled `
Covenant` that includes songs about the Solway Martyrs.
Visit his web site at