James Gavin had his ears cut off by John Graham of Claverhouse around 1684. He was banished to Barbados but was able to return. The lintel of his home has been built into the cairn, with Gavin's initials and that of his wife, Helen Dickson, as well as a representation of a pair of shears. These are thought to represent his ears torture, but the lintel also includes an old smoothing iron, which with the shears is more likely to indicate Gavin's trade as a tailor.
James Gavin's Cairn
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The cairn is located by the side of the Main Street on the site of Gavin's cottage. It incorporates the lintel of his old house and a plaque. This reads:
ON THIS SITE DWELT