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posted: January 3, 2017

Old Mortality

When on our tours you will see many martyr graves, but what you may not realise is that a good number of them were carved by the one man. A staunch Presbyterian, Robert Paterson (1715-1801) was a stonemason who spent around 40 years of his life travelling around Scotland lovingly and steadfastly making the memorials to […]

posted: December 13, 2016

The Unknown Covenanter

This is the grave of an unknown Covenanter who was wounded at the battle of Rullion Green. The stone on the left is the later one, the one on the right is the original one. Making his way home to Ayrshire after the Battle, the nameless Martyr was suffering badly from his wounds when he […]

posted: November 15, 2016

Rullion Green, 350th Anniversary

This November is the 350th anniversary of the Pentland Rising and Battle of Rullion Green, the first resistance by the Covenanters. In 1666, Sir James Turner was sent with 140 soldiers to the south-west of Scotland to fine anyone who wouldn’t take the oath of allegiance to the king or speak against the covenants. This […]

posted: October 31, 2016

Tour Reflections By A Student.

Books are sources of massive amounts of information, based upon the experiences and research of others. This is a good thing. It means that we in the modern age have the diverse perspectives of other people to inform our historical knowledge. As a college student devoted to the study of history, I have always felt […]

posted: October 11, 2016
posted: September 5, 2016

The Covenanter Oak

This oak tree on the Dalzell Estate in Motherwell is over 800 years old and formed part of a deer park planted by King David I. During the late 1600’s when the Covenanters were being hunted, the Hamilton family who held the estate at the time (unofficially) gave permission for worship services to be held […]

posted: August 5, 2016

Review from TripAdvisor

“I have experienced many tours, but none could compare with Reformation Tours. The knowledge and expertise of Jimmy was only surpassed by the hospitality and humility of this very sweet couple. The passion they have for God and the history of the Covenanters came through at every turn. We personally witnessed where Jimmy and Helen […]

posted: June 27, 2016

Scotland’s National Covenant!

Come and hear why the nation of Scotland drew up and signed the National Covenant. Learn all about it’s history and see for yourself the original ram skin parchment with over 4000 signatures signed in Greyfriars in Edinburgh in 1638 The National Covenant pledged those who swore it to defend the true religion against innovations, […]

posted: May 25, 2016

Stobo Kirk in the Beautiful Borders

Nestled amongst stunning countryside lies Stobo Kirk. Most of what you see dates from around 1120, but the lower wall below the little window of the wee building you see attached to it possibly belonged to the ancient Christian cell that was founded by St Kentigern around 585. Fast forward to the Pre Reformation period […]

posted: May 9, 2016

Little Church, Big History

This is Biggar kirk. It’s pre-reformation and was built in the mid 1500’s, parts of the original 12th century church which stood on the site were used in it’s rebuilding. In 1560 The local people embraced the Reformation and it became a Protestant place of worship, all idolatry being removed. When the National Covenant came […]