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James Gavin Memorial Cairn
James Gavin Memorial Cairn
James Gavin Memorial Cairn
James Gavin Memorial Cairn
James Gavin Memorial Cairn
James Gavin Memorial Cairn
James Gavin Memorial Cairn

Photo credit: Gordon Baird / Art UK

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An oval-plan stone cairn laid with mortar in a small memorial garden on the site of Gavin's cottage. Near the top of the cairn on the front, broad side a long stone with initials for James Gavin and Helen Dickson is inserted. This stone was the lintel at the top of the doorway to their house, carved by James Gavin for his wedding to Helen Dickson. Between the initials is a pair of shears, possibly representing his own tailor's sheers which were used by John Graham of Claverhouse to cut of Gavin's ears around 1684. He was banished to Barbados but managed to return. The lintel also includes an old-fashioned smoothing iron, another tool for his trade as a tailor. Below the lintel is a brass plaque with an inscription.

Medium

stone & brass

Accession number

ML11_GB_S040

Work type

Monument

Owner

South Lanarkshire Council

Custodian

South Lanarkshire Council

Work status

extant

Access

at all times

Inscription description

on the brass plaque: ON THIS SITE DWELT / JAMES GAVIN TAILOR / A HERO OF THE COVENANT, HE INCURRED / THE SPECIAL ENMITY OF CLAVERHOUSE WHO / WANTONLY SEVERED THE EARS FROM HIS HEAD / WITH GAVIN'S OWN SHEARS / ABOUT THE YEAR 1684. / TO COMMEMORATE AND PERPETUATE THE / BRUTAL OUTRAGE GAVIN CARVED / THE STONE WHICH IS SET INTO THIS CAIRN / AND PUT IT ABOVE THE DOOR OF THE / HOUSE ERECTED BY HIM / ON THIS SITE. YEARS AFTER HIS / RETURN FROM BANISHMENT / TO THE ISLAND OF BARBADOES. [...] / BY GIFT OF LANDS FROM / WILLIAM WOOD, ESQ, DOUGLAS / AND JOHN MAXWELL, ESQ, CLYDEBANK. / THIS MEMORIAL GARDEN HAS / BEEN LAID OUT BY THE DISTRICT COUNCIL / TO PERPETUATE THE MEMORY OF / JAMES GAVIN.


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