NT2573 : The Covenanters' Prison

taken 8 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

The Covenanters' Prison
The Covenanters' Prison
This section of Greyfriars kirkyard, surrounded by a high wall and a gate kept securely locked, is known as the 'Covenanters' Prison'. Following their defeat at the battle of Bothwell Brig on 22/6/1679, around 1,000 covenanters were imprisoned here and fed only a starvation diet for 4 months. Many died, a few escaped and some were tried for treason and executed. In November 1679 257 remaining prisoners were sentenced to be transported to the American colonies but their ship foundered off the Orkneys and only 48 survived. This area now has a well deserved reputation as being haunted!
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Date Taken
Saturday, 26 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 30 September, 2009
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Graveyard   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 256 731 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.7313N 3:11.5500W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 255 731
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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