Tombstone of smuggler Philip Kennedy, Collieston

Tombstone of smuggler Philip Kennedy, Collieston

With its caves, coves, and sand and shingle beaches, Collieston became ideal and notorious for smuggling. In December 1798, the lugger Crooked Mary discharged a cargo of gin at Cransdale. Philip Kennedy was a small-scale farmer and big-time smuggler from the Ward in the parish of Slains. He was helping fisherfolk to transport the gin ashore. The smuggling band had been grassed up and were ambushed by gaugers (excisemen). Philip Kennedy was fatally wounded by blows from a gauger's cutlass. This tragic tale inspired episodes in Sir Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering (1815).

On behalf of Collieston Community Council, Ellon & District Councillor Rob Merson has made enquiries about the condition of the Philip Kennedy headstone in Slains Kirkyard. To prevent further deterioration the stone needs professional cleaning; then some form of shelter could be erected. The Historic Projects Officer would be asked to add the gravestone to the list of potential future projects.
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Tombstone of smuggler Philip Kennedy, Collieston

Tombstone of smuggler Philip Kennedy, Collieston

With its caves, coves, and sand and shingle beaches, Collieston became ideal and notorious for smuggling. In December 1798, the lugger Crooked Mary discharged a cargo of gin at Cransdale. Philip Kennedy was a small-scale farmer and big-time smuggler from the Ward in the parish of Slains. He was helping fisherfolk to transport the gin ashore. The smuggling band had been grassed up and were ambushed by gaugers (excisemen). Philip Kennedy was fatally wounded by blows from a gauger's cutlass. This tragic tale inspired episodes in Sir Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering (1815).

On behalf of Collieston Community Council, Ellon & District Councillor Rob Merson has made enquiries about the condition of the Philip Kennedy headstone in Slains Kirkyard. To prevent further deterioration the stone needs professional cleaning; then some form of shelter could be erected. The Historic Projects Officer would be asked to add the gravestone to the list of potential future projects.
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