Thomas Small: another of a ‘cloud of witnesses’

COVENANTER’S GRAVE [Ecclesiamagirdle Chapel], Parish of Dron, Perthshire:

This name applies to a common flat gravestone in the old chapel yard at Ecclesiamagirdle.

Tradition asserts that the “Martyr” Thomas Small was shot at the Deugh, a Kind of opening in the Ochills about ¼ mile west of the chapel yard.

“Here lies one virtuous Husbandman Thomas Small who died for Religion, covenant King & Country The 1st Sept. [September] 1645 Aged 58. The letters T.S. & E.D. with the Kind of heart between them are supposed to be the Initials of the “Martyr” & his spouse.”

HIR LYIS ANE VIR
TOUS HUSBAND:
MAN THOMAS SMAL
WHO DIED FOR
T [Heart symbol] W
E [Heart symbol] D
RELIGION COVENA
NT KING AND CO
UNTRIE THE 1 OF
SEPTEMBER 1645
HIS AGE 58.
MEMENTO MORI

A newspaper article of 1877:
A newspaper report of 1931:

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