NS7993 : James Guthrie statue, Old Town Cemetery

taken 10 years ago, near to Stirling, Great Britain

James Guthrie statue, Old Town Cemetery
James Guthrie statue, Old Town Cemetery
Statue of the Rev. James Guthrie, minister of Stirling and supporter of the National Covenant. The story goes that in 1638 he made his way to the Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh to sign it, but hesitated at first after catching sight of the hangman, thinking it might be a premonition. He was one of the Kirk's commissioners summoned to Glasgow in 1651 by Cromwell who famously described him as "the short little man who could not bow". After the Restoration of Charles II, Guthrie wrote a pamphlet 'The Causes of the Lord's Wrath against Scotland', reminding Charles of his obligation to uphold the reformed religion in terms of the Covenant, something which Charles felt had been imposed on him as the price for his Scottish coronation in 1651. The Privy Council reacted swiftly. Guthrie was arrested and copies of his pamphlet were burnt by the common hangman; possession of copies being a treasonable offence. He wrote in his defence, "It is not the extinguishing of me or of many others that will extinguish the Covenant or work of the Reformation since 1638. My blood, bondage or banishment will contribute more for the propagation of these things than my life in liberty would do, though I should live many years.' He was executed at the Edinburgh Cross in 1661 and his head publicly displayed on a spike on the Netherbow Port, from which it was retrieved for burial by the minister of Stirling almost three decades later in 1688.

NT2673 : Site of the Netherbow Port
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Date Taken
Sunday, 27 November, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 8 December, 2011
Geographical Context
Burial ground, Crematorium 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 7920 9374 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:7.2640N 3:56.6786W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 7920 9374
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