The Devil’s Beef Tub.  What a name!  It comes from its use as a place for keeping stolen cattle after border raids together with the tub shape of the valley. There is a cairn of stones on the slope of the Beef Tub which marks the spot where a man called John Hunter was killed.  In 1685 at the height of the Killing Times, attending a Presbyterian Field Meeting could result in you being killed as an enemy of the State.  Matthew Vogan and Jimmy Fisher tell us what happened here to Hunter that would ultimately lead to the following words being inscribed on his gravestone.

‘For owning of Christs cause I then did die.

My blood for veangeance on His en’mies did cry.’

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