Covenanter  CDs.

Many of the Covenanter Memorials are scattered in the moors  and hills of South West Scotland and may only be reached by the experienced hill walker. It is therefore a real pleasure to find a CD that is a dedicated collection of excellent photographs and  includes some of these remoter monuments. The CD also helpfully includes a brief summary of the events the memorial  commemorates, and gives directions how to reach the memorial in question.  This is a `must buy` for anyone interested in the Covenanters and their suffering.

Robert Hart of New Cumnock, Ayrshire has walked the hills, taken the photographs and produced the CD which you can preview at his web site at  www.robert.hart2.btinternet.co.uk

 

Dumfries and Galloway.

Another excellent CD with superb photographs is that of Sandy Pittendreigh of the Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society. Another keen hill walker, Sandy has captured some stunning views of the hills of the deep south west of Scotland and the Solway Firth where so many of the persecuted Covenanters wandered in the wilderness. Over three hundred years later it is still a land where the weather can change dramatically in minutes and the swirling mists descend to wrap the walker in `the Lords Cloak` as Alexander Peden called it.  Here too are to be found many memorials to the Covenanters, including the Solway Martyrs, Margaret Wilson and Margaret McLachlan, executed by drowning at Wigtown.  

Sandy`s CD includes photographs of the Ruthwell Cross, an 18ft tall eighth century  Celtic preaching cross; some superb photos of the stained glass windows in churches of the region, and many war memorials with close up photographs of the names of the war dead. His photographs Hill Walks and the River Nith  illustrate just how beautiful the Dumfries & Galloway region is. Previews can be seen at  :

www.pitt-dds.co.uk,and http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dfsgal/ .

Folk music about the Covenanters.

Bob McNeill, a Glaswegian currently living in New Zealand is an award winning song writer and folk musician who has recently brought out a CD entitled ` Covenant` that includes songs about the Solway Martyrs. Visit his web site at  www.bobmcneill.net

 

 

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