WIlliam Shillilaw's Grave

Tarbolton Churchyard

Cunningham Street



NGR - NS 430272


Shillilaw's gravstone is located at the front wall of the church. His grave has been marked by a series of repaired stones, the oldest in 1727, the second in 1819, and the present in 1999. It was erected by the SCMA in association with Tarbolton Parish Church.

William Shillilaw


William Shillilaw was martyred near to Woodhead (near Failford) by Lieutenant Lewis Lauder from Sorn Castle garrison in July 1685. He had been named on a list of wanted men by the curate from Sorn church as having fought at Drumclog or Bothwell Bridge, but as he was only eighteen years of age when he was shot this is impossible.

Old stone - this is now located in the manse garden