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The heritage site about Balfron, Stirlingshire.
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welcomes you to the History of Scottish Covenanters.
Castle, once the home of the Douglas family
a historic town in The Clyde
Valley, was once the home of the powerful Douglas family. Douglas
and the surrounding area, as well as Lesmahagow had strong links
with the Covenanters in the seventeenth century.
Brides Church was built in the fourteenth Century.
It contains the oldest working town clock in Scotland.
were the Covenanters?
The Covenanters were Scottish Prebyterians who, during the seventeenth
century, gave their support to the National Covenant of 1638.
The National Covenant was in opposition to attempts by the King at establishing
a Scottish Episcopalian Church. There were many cases of persecution
during this time, and a number of local people were martyred.
Gavin had his ears cut off and was banished to Barbados for his
beliefs. He is remembered by a memorial in Douglas.
the Battle of Aird's Moss was fought, and afterwards Claverhouse's
Dragoons stayed overnight at the Tolbooth in Douglas with the head and
hands of Richard Cameron, a leader in the Covenant movement. In order
to maintain the ideals of the Covenanter Richard Cameron, a regiment
at Douglas was mustered - who became the Cameronians. One of Scotland's
best known regiments, they were disbanded in 1968.
Heritage Museum is situated inside what was once St. Sophia's chapel.
Features exhibits on the Camerionian regiment and other local history.
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