John Willison


John Willison was a tenant in the upland farm of Glengeith. He was a staunch Covenanter whop escaped his persecutors during the period 1683-84. He survived the killing times and was buried in Crawford. Little else is known about him.

John Willison's Memorial

Douglas Churchyard

Main Street



NGR - NS 836309


A granite memorial includes a reference to John Willison. There is also a memorial to Willison located within the former church at Crawford, but access to this is private.

The gravestone in Douglas is located to the west of the gable of the old church. The inscription reads:


Memoria Excolendo Augetur

John Willison, tenant, Glengeith, 1683-4, etc., a staunch Covenanter who escaped his persecutors, died and was buried in Crawford. James, his son, tenant in Kinoxhead and Auchendaff about 1700 died and was buried in Douglas. John his son (Old Auchan the Droll), tenant in Andershaw, Auchendaff, etc., who died 1773 aged 85; John, his son, tenant in Andershaw, who died 8th March 1800 aged 81.