Murchie and MacIlwrick's Grave

Barrhill

Ayrshire

NGR - NX 232819

 

The enclosure with the grave to Murchie and MacIlwrick is located on th east side of the Cross Water of Duisk, to the south-west of Barrhill village. A locally-signposted footpath leads to the site.

The old gravestone of 1787 was broken many years ago - a fragment remains - and a newer stone was erected in 1825.

 

ERECTED ANEW

A D 1825

TO THE MEMORY OF

JOHN MURCHIE

AND DANIEL MEIKLEWRICK,

AT THE EXPENSE OF A GENEROUS PUBLIC,

AND FRIENDS TO THE SAME

COVENANTED CAUSE,

FOR WHICH THESE MARTYRS,

SUFFERED BLED AND DIED,

IN THE PERSECUTION OF 1685

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HERE IN THIS PLACE TWO MARTYRS LIE,

WHOSE BLOOD TO HEAVEN HATH A LOUD CRY,

MURDER'D CONTRARY TO DEVINE LAWS,

FOR OWNING OF KING JESUS CAUSE,

BY BLOODY DRUMMOND THEY WERE SHOT,

WITHOUT ANY TRIAL NEAR THIS SPOT.

 

The old stone had the following inscription:

(front)                                    (reverse)

Here lys John              Renewed By

Murchie and                Gilbt McIurick

Daniel McJlurick              1787

in Alticonnach                                   

martyrs By 

   bloody

  Drummon

  they were

 shot. 1685.

The monument underwent restoration work, including repointing the surrounding wall, in the summer of 2018. The funding came from Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association and the local trust fund which exists to maintain the monument.

John Murchie and Daniel MacIlwrick

 

John Murchie and Daniel MacIlwrick (sometime spelled Meiklewrick) were pursued by soldiers under Lt Gen William Drummond and found to be carrying Bibles. This took place at Waulkmill, near Barrhill, in 1685. As they ran off, they were shot without trial, their bodies being left where they lay until two women recovered the bodies under cover of night and buried them. It is said that the soldiers took their Bibles and burned them back at the garrison in Kildonan House. Traditiona claims this was later to be destroyed in fire.

Daniel MacIlwrick was the son of the farmer at Altercannoch, and Murchie was a friend from Barr.

Fragment of 1787 stone - above

Inside shot of enclosure - below