When you come on a Reformation Tour to Scotland, you will visit places that barely change with time. Here is an old photo (mid-late 1800’s) next to a modern day one of the memorial on the battlefield at Drumclog .
It was on this spot on the 1st June 1679 that the Covenanters had gathered together for an open air worship service. Someone tipped off the authorities and Claverhouse and his Dragoons came to disrupt it, but this day the Covenanters had come armed and ready to defend themselves should they beattacked.
On hearing Claverhouse and his men approach, the Covenanters sent the women and children away to the top of the hill, whilst the men set themselves up in defence on the opposite side of the boggy ground just behind the monument. It was this move that gave the Covenanters an advantage, because when Claverhouses men attacked their heavy horses got slowed down in the bog allowing the Covenanters to get the upper hand. Claverhouse seeing his men being attacked decided to sound the retreat. They fled leaving more than 30 Dragoons dead on the field. Covenanter losses were in the single figures.
The monument reads:
OBTAINED ON THIS
ON SABBATH THE 1ST JUNE 1679
OVER GRAHAM OF CLAVERHOUSE
AND HIS DRAGOONS