Minto Kirkyard




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The old kirkyard and church of Minto are located within the policies of Minto estate, to the east of the present village of Minto. His gravestone is located near to the walls of the church ruin. The stone was inscribed:

Here lies Thomas Turnbull of Know, who died in the 78 year of his age, and was buried on the 6 of October 1730; also Agnes Mackie, his spouse, who died in the 58 year of her age, and interred the 4 of January 1716.

Thomas Turnbull of Knowe's Grave


Thomas Turnbull was the laird of Knowe, which is thought to have been located near to Knowetonhead, in the parish of Hassendean. He was a noted Covenanter, whose name often appears in the Government lists. He was probably the son of John Turnbull of Knowe who was fined for his Covenanting adherences. He was charged with having been at various events, such as Drumclog, Bothwell, Bewly Hill and in the attack on Drumlanrig's Tower in Hawick. He was found not guilty of rebellion. Nevertheless, the dragoons visited his property soon after and took property to the value of 7,000 merks. Thomas Turnbull survived the Covenanting period and latterly served as an elder in Minto Church. He died at the age of 78 in 1730.