Scotch Cemetery — Bethune, South Carolina
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In the outskirts of Bethune in Kershaw County rests the Scotch Cemetery, a testament to the Scottish pioneers who settled here in the eighteenth century. The village was originally called Lynchwood for its position between the Lynches River and the Little Lynches River. The settlement’s burial ground was established here in 1799.
Those first buried in the Scotch Cemetery were agrarians who came directly from the Highlands and Hebrides Island of Scotland. Grave markers for McCaskills, McInneses, and McLeods can be found within the cemetery. These families were associated with Pine Tree Presbyterian Church, no longer extant, near the community of Cassatt. By 1901, the Lynchwood Presbyterians organized their own church, Bethune Presbyterian, which they named for Daniel Bethune (not to be confused with his son, Daniel Murdock Bethune), a leader in Pine Tree Presbyterian.
Bethune’s son, Daniel Murdock Bethune, became the namesake of the present-day town of Bethune when he allowed a railway to pass through his property in 1900. The town of Bethune was incorporated in 1901. Daniel Murdock Bethune is also interred within the Scotch Cemetery, his marker reading:
A truer nobler heart never beat within a human breast.
Scotch Cemetery Info
Address: South Carolina State Road S-28-113, Bethune, SC 29009
GPS Coordinates: 34.394522,-80.392970