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Aird's Moss Memorial

The Aird's Moss Memorial takes the form of a four-sided obelisk situated amidst the moorland of Aird's Moss 2½ miles (4 km) west southwest of Smallburn in East Ayrshire. It lies next to a grave and commemorates the deaths of nine Covenanters in the Battle of Aird's Moss in 1680. An inscription states:

Sacred to the memory of the Rev. Richard Cameron, Michael Cameron, John Gemmell, John Hamilton, James Gray, Robert Dick, Captain John Fowler, Thomas Watson, Robert Paterson.

and continues:

Here lies the corpse of that famous and faithful preacher of the Gospel, the Rev. Richard Cameron, with the corpses of several others, who were conquered by the bloody enemies of Truth and Righteousness.

Halt, curious passenger, come and read,
Our souls triumph with Christ our Glorious Head.
In self-defence, we murdered here do ly,
To witness 'gainst this nation's perjury.

In 2006, a new gravestone was placed adjacent to the monument to replace a highly-eroded original.


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