Whithorn met 19th century gravedigger

William Black the 19th Century gravedigger enthralls the P6 children with his tales
William Black the 19th Century gravedigger enthralls the P6 children with his tales

This week the pupils of Whithorn Primary School studying the Reformation travelled back in time to meet a Calvinist minister at the Whithorn Trust.

He who told them about the changes in the church at Whithorn after the banning of pilgrimages in 1560 and the later Covenanting times.

They also met William Black, the gravedigger at Whithorn, who told them about the archaeological excavations of the 1880’s under the Marquess of Bute.

A spokesperson from the Trust said: “The Whithorn Trust has been proud to host the four weeks’ outreach programme with Whithorn Primary and the staff have thoroughly enjoyed having them. The project has given stimulus to ideas for more permanent family and child-friendly guided tours, and the Trust thanks the children for their inspiration.”

The Whithorn Trust has been kindly loaned, by the Carluke Historical Society, two copies of a rare Folio first edition volume of General Roy’s Roman Antiquities, including this magnificent map of the Antonine Wall. The volume and map were published in 1793. Peter Buxton from Whithorn, who has family connections with Carluke, managed to procure the loan for the Whithorn Trust. The volumes will be on display during the season, to accompany the important Roman finds from Sorbie and Monreith, which are on loan from the National Museums Scotland.

Attached, the photograph shows the panoramic view of the Antonine Wall, as it was mapped in the 18th Century.