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Douglas

... welcomes you to the History of Scottish Covenanters.


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Douglas Castle, once the home of the Douglas family
Douglas, 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.


Old St. Brides Church was built in the fourteenth Century.
It contains the oldest working town clock in Scotland.

Who 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.

James Gavin had his ears cut off and was banished to Barbados for his beliefs. He is remembered by a memorial in Douglas.

In 1680 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.

Douglas 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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