John Hunter's Gravestones

Tweedsmuir Churchyard



NGR - NT 101245


The gravestone was erected in1726. The obelisk at the church door was erected in 1837. A new memorial next to the headstone was added in 1910.

Inscription on headstone:

 Here lyes

The body of John Hunter

Martyr who was cruelly

Murdered at Corehead

by Col James Douglas and

his party for his adherance

To the Word of God and

Scotland's covenanted

Work of Reformation


Erected in the year 1726.

(Reverse of Stone)

when Zions King was robbed

of his Right

His witnesses in Scotland

put to flight

When popish prelates &


All who would not unto

their idols bow

They socht them out &

and who they found they slew

For owning of Christ's cause

I then did die

My blood for vengeance on

His en'mies did cry.


The new 1910 memorial reads:

John Hunter a Tweedsmuir lad

was accidently visiting a

sick friend at Corehead when

timely in the morning he was

surprised with Douglas and

his dragoons.   He fled to the

hill a great way, but one

named Scott, being well horsed, compassed

him and came before him

He was most barbarouslie shot through the body,

felled on the head with the neck of a gun,

and casted headlong over a high steep craig.

Contempory Record.



John Hunter


John Hunter was shot at the Devil's Beef Tub, where a second memorial commemorates him. An obelisk near to the church door commemorates Hunter, and in the lower part of the churchyard, to the north of the church building, are two headstones to Hunter at his grave.