The Covenanting wars in 17th Century Scotland is a period hardly known in Scotland itself and completely unknown elsewhere. But the conflicts sparked the English Civil wars, The execution of the King and eventually the end of a dynasty. The town of Hamilton and the Dukes were centre stage leading to the loss of thousands of local lives. We will start right in the centre of my home town of Hamilton with a visit to Hamilton 's 18th century, Adam designed, Parish church. The church which is rarely visited hosts the remains of Covenanters who were executed in Edinburgh but local to Hamilton. From there we will travel to two local Battlefield sites, Hieton and Bothwell Bridge. Both within the Hamilton area. A short walk around the site of what was the finest palace in Scotland that at one time rivalled Versailles. The building itself was demolished over eighty years ago but we will trace the remains from existing structures specifically the Mausoleum. The burial place of the Dukes of Hamilton is reputed to have the longest echo in the world. Please note entrance to the Mausoleum is restricted by the local council and not generally open to casual visitors. However, given enough time I can book a time slot but is limited to ten people. Regardless of entrance we will visit site of Mausoleum. Tour times may need to vary because of events at the church/Mausoleum .
I have recently retired from the Scottish Court Service where I served for over fourteen years on the bench as a local justice. I am very interested in Scottish history and have been studying the social effects of religous conflict and industrial revolution and how it has affected Scotland throughout the years. I have lived in Hamilton all my life and enjoy showing visitors it's secret past.
Entrance to Mausoleum site
Hamilton Parish Church Yard, Covenanter Grave site Hamilton Mausoleum, Chatelherault Country Park, Dukes Hunting lodge and Cadzow Castle
Hamilton's hidden civil war