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Bishop's Wood, Grave Of Five Covenanters, Magus Muir

Covenanters Grave (17th Century)

Site Name Bishop's Wood, Grave Of Five Covenanters, Magus Muir

Classification Covenanters Grave (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Memorial To Five Covenanters; Magus Muir; Claremont Farm; Bishop's Road

Canmore ID 32895

Site Number NO41NE 3

NGR NO 45544 15107

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish St Andrews And St Leonards
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District North East Fife
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NO41NE 3 4554 1511

For Archbishop Sharp's Memorial and Tomb of Cullin (NO 4562 1514 and NO 4584 1454), see NO41NE 2.

(NO 4554 1511) Grave of Five Covenanters (NR) (Executed AD 1679)

OS 6" map (1920)

The grave of 5 men who were taken prisoner at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge in June 1679. Condemned to death for protecting the murderers of Archbishop Sharp (Fife 8 SE 2) they were hanged 25th December 1679.

C J Lyon 1843

The first gravestone to the five martyrs, Thomas Brown, James Wood, Andrew Sword, John Weddell and John Clyde was erected in 1728. In 1877 John White Melville enclosed the graves with a substantial wall, and a new gravestone designed from and bearing the inscription of the original was erected.

D H Fleming 1881

The grave is as described above. The inscription on the stone gives the date of the executions as November 25th 1679 i.e. a month earlier than Lyon.

Visited by OS (RDL) 28 May 1964.

Scheduled as Memorial to Five Covenanters, Magus Muir.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 23 January 2001.


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