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Visit Drumclog Scotland

Monday, September 29, 2008

This evening, I am presenting some images of a recent tour entailing a visit to Drumclog.

Drumclog is famous for the battle which occurred there in 1679 when the Covenanters clashed with the forces of the establishment-and won.

The image below is a memorial to the battle and is located on the battle site which is some 6 miles south west of Strathaven in Lanarkshire.



This is the Drumclog Memorial Kirk which was built in 1912 and is named in remembrance of the Battle adverted to above. During June of each year a service is held to remember the Battle.


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Drumclog Tour South Lanarkshire

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This evening I am posting an image from a recent ancestry themed tour covering Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire. We stopped at Drumclog Memorial Kirk which dates from 1812 and maintains a historic connection with the Battle of Drumclog 1679 when the Covenanters defeated the Government forces.


Drumclog is located on A71 between Strathaven and Darvel. Not far away is located Loudon Hill, a prominent feature on the landscape.

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Tour of Strathaven Castle South Lanarkshire

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of Strathaven Castle which sits on a rocky mound above the conservation village which shares its name.

The first castle was built by a branch of the Baird family. The first stone castle was built c 1350 but burned down in the 1450s.possibly in context of a strategy of James II to curb power of local nobles. The castle was gifted by the King to Sir Andrew Stewart and subsequently acquired by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart. Later, in 1611, the castle was passed to the Marquess and Dukes of Hamilton in 1611 in whose hands the castle remained until 1912




The castle is close to the town centre and entry is free. Worth a visit if in the area.

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