NT2573 : Covenanters Prison, Greyfriars Kirkyard

taken 8 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Covenanters Prison, Greyfriars Kirkyard
Covenanters Prison, Greyfriars Kirkyard
The area occupied by these tombs is known popularly as the 'Covenanters' Prison' from the time when it was an open space enclosed by the town wall at the southern end of the kirkyard. After the Battle of Bothwell Brig in 1679 LinkExternal link , some 1200 Covenanters were taken prisoner and kept here for several months pending trial. They survived the winter, exposed to the elements, through the charity of townspeople who provided them with food and drink. Some were subsequently sent to "glorify God in the Grassmarket", i.e. executed; others gained their freedom in return for swearing allegiance to the Crown. Over 250 were condemned to slavery and put on board a ship at Leith, sailing for the Barbados plantations. The ship ran into a storm between the mainland and the Orkneys, sinking with an estimated loss of over 200 lives.

NT2573 : The Scottish Covenanters Plaque, Greyfriars Church Yard

HY5708 : Covenanters' Memorial, Deerness
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Date Taken
Monday, 25 April, 2011   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 30 April, 2011
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Kirkyard   (more nearby)
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WGS84: 55:56.7585N 3:11.5221W
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