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Battle of Drumclog Tour Scotland

Sunday, September 28, 2008

This evening, I am posting some images to record our recent visit to the site of the Battle of Drumclog in 1679 when the Covenanters (defenders of Presbyterianism) won their only victory against the Government forces under John Graham of Claverhouse. However, the victory was short lived as defeat followed at the subsequent Battle of Bothwell Bridge.

The battle site is located in a scenic, rural area six miles south west of Strathaven.

This semi-derelict building is the Old Drumclog School which is located on the actual site of the battle.

Inscription on memorial plinth
Memorial stone at Drumclog Church


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Culloden Battlefield Scotland

Monday, June 02, 2008

This evening I am posting a feature on Culloden, near Inverness.

In essence, Culloden was the last battle on British soil.It took place on April 16th 1746 with adversaries being The Jacobites under Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Hanoverians under command of the Duke of Cumberland.

Location of the battle was Drumossie Moor, near Inverness.

The Jacobite army was some 5000 strong and comprised mainly of men form the Highland clans. They were armed with targ (shield), Brown Bess musket and just 10 three pound cannon and broadswords. They possessed no artillery.

The Hanoverians comprised a well disciplined force of about 9000 including about 2500 Scots.This army was equipped with latest technology firelocks which were fitted with bayonets.

After taking heavy punishment from the Hanoverians for about 40 minutes, the Jacobites charged but only a few Jacobites managed to reach the Hanoverian lines.

The battle was over within one hour resulting in some 1200 Jacobite casualties against some 300 on the Government side.

No quarter was given by the Hanoverians with the result that no battle honours were awarded to the Government side.


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Scottish Military Re-enactment Tour

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Today, I attended an interesting event at a nearby public park in Giffnock.

A local re-enactment society gave an interesting display of Scottish fighting soldiers across the millennia covering from Roman times through to the Jacobite rebellion. Here are some of the images.

The weather was OK-fine but cold.


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Battlefield Tour Glasgow

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Today, I took myself off to nearby Battlefield to learn more about that area.

Battlefield is a district of Glasgow It is situated south of the River Clyde. The area takes its name from the Battle of Langside of 1568. A monument now stands adjacent to Queen's Park commemorating this event. The Battle of Langside was between forces of Mary Queen of Scots and that of the Regent, Moray. The forces of the latter prevailed.

Here is a view taken from a vantage point near Camphill. The scene is the City Of Glasgow looking north towards the Campsie Fells

This is a circle of large stones at the highest point of the park and which is believed to be the remnants of a encampment which formed an important military position in connection with the Battle of Langside, 1568.

This magnificent building seems to have been a church-now in process of conversion to a restaurant type facility.

Here is the monument to the Battle of Langside, 1568

Location: Battle Place, Langside, Glasgow
Date executed: 1887-8


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