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Scotland 2010




I grew up in the district of Langside in Glasgow, Scotland, just off what is called Battlefield Road. Langside was where the notorious Mary Queen of Scots fought and lost her last battle in Scotland. She had escaped from imprisonment in Lochleven Castle, and as she made her way across the south side of the river Clyde, intending to cross the river at Dumbarton and find security in Dumbarton Castle, she was met en-route by the opposing forces who defeated her army at Langside. With the help of the Hamilton's (no relations of mine), she eventually made her escape southwards to Galloway, where at Dundrennan Abbey (right), she rested before sailing from Port Mary next door (right) to a place called Maryport in Cumberland on English soil, just across the Solway, this prior to being beheaded. Drundennan Abbey was Queen Mary's last resting place on Scottish soil.













Also while visiting Galloway in Scotland I visited the site and the graves of one or two of the covenanting martyrs, the two Margarets, who were drowned at Wigton (right)and a man by the name of William Johnstone, all who counted not their lives dear for Christ and his covenant.







The graves (right) of one of the Margaret's (Lachlane) and that of William Johstone, the latter who was unlawfully hanged for his adherence to Scotland's Reformation, covenant, national and solemn league.







I visited the site of Samuel Rutherford's old church at Anwoth (right). Behind the old Kirk up the hill there is a monument to Samuel Rutherford erected at the top of what is called Boreland Hill. Another more modern monument has since been erected to another three ministers (unknown) which I think is a pity, whoever put it there should have found their own place. They may have been godly ministers but I think Samuel Rutherford and his covenanting colleagues take a very special place in, not just in Scotland's history, but the Church's history too.


There's a plaque on the Kirk wall (right) exlaining Rutherford's having been and ministered there. His old manse at Beith o' Bield adjacent to the Kirk was pulled down back in 1827. The masons appointed to demolish it refused to do so, thinking it was sacrilege to do so, they were sacked from their employment as a result. Dr. Thomas Chalmers visited the old Kirk in 1828, there were still pews and the old pulpit there then. It was a short time after this that they were removed.



 There is another interesting site but I wasn't able to find it, it's at Mossrobin Farm, where 'Rutherford's Witnesses' are located. The story is that Rutherford went there one Sabbath and found members of his congregation playing football. As he reproved them for their disobedience to God, he pointed to three big stones close by and told them that those 'stones' would testify against them on the day of judgment. They have been known since as 'Rutherford's Witnesses'. One of the stones has since been vandalised and removed, I'm told the two remaining ones have been shifted over a dyke (wall) to protect them from the same fate.



Cardonness Castle (right) was the home of the somewhat notorious McCullouch's. They, it appeared, vacated the castle for a time around the late 1630's, Rutherford's time at Anwoth. It was then that John Gordon resided there, who became Viscount or Lord Kenmure. It was Rutherford's privilege to minister to Kenmure on his deathbed, I preached a sermon on the account of Kenmure's glorious departure, click here if you want to listen to the message.



"Fair Anwoth"

Fair Galloway

Fair Scotland

BUT, glory, glory dwelleth in Emmanuel's Land


Dundrennan Abbey, Galloway



Port Mary - Where Mary Queen of Scots sailed for England


The site in the Solway Firth where the two Margarets were drowned for their adherence to Christ and his covenant


The graves of two martys


The Old Kirk, Anwoth


Where Samuel Rutherford ministered


Cardonness Castle


Myself in one of the vaults in Cardonness Castle


Rutherford's Monument on Boreland Hill