Thomas MacHaffie's Gravestones

Straiton Churchyard



NGR - NS 380049


The picture above shows the 1824 headstone, which stands next to the older stone, shown below.

The inscription on the old stone reads:


Here lies Thomas McHaffie, Martyr, 1686.
Though I was sick and like to die
Yet bloody Bruce did murder me,
Because I adhered in my station
To our Covenanted Reformation.
My blood for vengeance yet doth call
Upon Zion’s haters all.

Thomas MacHaffie


Thomas MacHaffie was son of the farmer at Largs, near the village. He had hid himself in a glen on the farm of Linfairn, but being seized with fever, and having taken refuge in a house near at hand, he was dragged out of his bed and shot on the road at the command of Bruce. It was 1686.

The boulder where MacHaffie was shot is located near to Linfairn farm.

Old stone to Thomas MacHaffie