William Smith


William Smith belonged to Muirmaillen or Moremellen, which was lcoated near to Murdostoun Castle. He took part in the Pentland Rising in 1666, after which he was a wanted man. He was caught up by two men who murdered him, then cut off his head from his body. The corpse was left on the moor, near a place called Shottsmyres. His body was later found and buiried in the kirkyard at Kirk o' Shotts.

William Smith's Grave

Kirk o' Shotts Kirkyard



NGR - NS 843630


The small headstone to William Smith is located within Kirk o' Shotts kirkyard. It is a replacement of 1836 for an older stone which no longer exists.