Murder Cleugh
Standing Stone The Cheviots Northumberland

Murder Cleugh

Standing Stone In The Cheviots, Northumberland

A small marker stone where Robert Lumsden murdered Isabella Sudden in 1610.

There's been a murder!! (That was my best Taggart impersonation).

If you're having a wander in the Cheviots then you may have come across a little marker stone called Murder Cleugh. This tombstone marks the place where Robert Lumsden killed Isabella Sudden over 400 years ago in 1610.

We did a bit of digging and found some information on the Two Local Explorers website.

Robert Lumsden was a local chap, but was a bit of a scoundrel as he liked the company of married women, but was also violent at times. Isabella Sudden was of a lower class to Robert and maybe was seduced by his status as she became pregnant with his illegitimate child. Lumsden mustn't have been keen on the news and on the 20th July 1610 he chased her over the hills and stoned her. After 15 excruciating days, Isabella finally succumbed to her injuries on the 4th August.

The Kings officers became aware of the crime and rode two days from Durham to arrest Lumsden, but Lumsden retorted at their arrival with, “I care nothing for the King, I care nothing for the Queen and I care nothing for you”. He grabbed their pistols and swords, beating them before they fled back to Durham.

The King must have sent larger or more officers as Lumsden was eventually apprehended in Newcastle. For his heinous crime he was made to renounce his sins in the market place in Alnwick, was excommunicated from the Church and then spent a month in jail.

He literally got away with murder!

Why not find the stone during a wander to the aptly named Windy Gyle.

  Add To Bucket List   I Have Visited This Place

Get 4 points if you have visited this place. Already visited by 12 VIPs.

Login to the VIP area to add places to your bucket list, mark them as visited and more importantly see where you rank on the league table.

How To Find Murder Cleugh

Where Is Murder Cleugh?

Show Place On Google Maps

Lat / Long

55.412395, -2.209782

What three words


Where To Park For Murder Cleugh?

There are plenty of public car parks in the national park, so find a one that suits your walk.

Contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

More Places from Simon
Simon Hawkins

More Places In The Cheviots

Find more fabulous places in The Cheviots, Northumberland and if you know of a place we haven't listed, then let us know.

Cheviot Summit Trig Point
Cheviot Summit Trig Point
Trig Point The Cheviots Northumberland

The trig point sitting on top of The Cheviot Summit (815m).

Gains Law Trig Point
Gains Law Trig Point
Trig Point The Cheviots Northumberland

The trig point sitting on top of Gains Law in The Cheviots (319m).

Newton Tors Trig Point
Newton Tors Trig Point
Trig Point The Cheviots Northumberland

The trig point sitting on top of Newton Tors in The Cheviots (537m).

More Standing Stones

So this standing stone wasn't enough and you want more? Don't worry we have you covered.

Drake Stone
Drake Stone
Standing Stone Harbottle Northumberland

Quite simply the biggest free standing boulder in Northumberland!

Jubilee Stone Bothal Church
Jubilee Stone Bothal Church
Standing Stone Bothal Northumberland

A standing stone celebrating the Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Hurl Stone
Hurl Stone
Standing Stone Chillingham Northumberland

A 4m standing stone, most likely a headless cross, maybe thrown there by giants or the devil.

Find Walks To Murder Cleugh

Find which walks will visit Murder Cleugh and plan your next adventure.

Windy Gyle
Windy Gyle
19km (12 miles) The Cheviots Northumberland

A loop taking in Windy Gyle, the border ridge and Murder Cleugh.

Fabulous North On Facebook

Find Us On Facebook

We post all our new places daily on our Facebook Groups page, so join the group today and be notified when we add a new place.

Join Our Facebook Group