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Drumclog: 1 June 1679

Less than a month after the killing of Archbishop Sharp a large number of Covenanters were met together for worship at a conventicle at Drumclog. They were attacked by John Graham of Claverhouse and 250 dragoons (king’s soldiers, many of them on horses). The Covenanters were warned by a look-out on a nearby hill and the minister who was preaching quickly closed the service. The men prepared to defend themselves and their families, even though they didn’t have many proper weapons. But the dragoons’ horses got stuck in the boggy ground and the Covenanters won a famous victory.


Further Reading:
E. N. Moore,
Our Covenant Heritage: The Covenanters’ struggle for unity in truth (Ross-shire, 2000), pp 69-73.
Ian B. Cowan,
The Scottish Covenanters 1660-1688 (London, 1976), pp 95-6.
Magnus Linklater,
‘Graham, John, first viscount of Dundee (1648?–1689)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004


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