The Covenanter Oak

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 under the oak. At great risk to their lives, many would gather under it’s shade. The Rev Lauder preached, sometimes to as many as 400 Covenanters.
In August 2008, after a long period rain, part of the tree collapsed and exposed it was being attacked by fungus. Supports and ropes were added to keep it going and to ensure that we can take you to visit this pensive place for many more years.

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