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Bothwell Bridge

Bothwell Bridge

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.12

Item number: 9

Length: 13.1

Width: 17.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

“This bridge, which crosses the Clyde two miles north of Hamilton, must ever remain a spot of interest to all who are acquainted with the religious history of Scotland, particularly that portion of it connected with the sufferings endured by the old Covenanters. These men, rather than subscribe to a declaration of faith which they did not believe, or worship after a manner which they believed to be unscriptural, left their houses, and betook themselves to the hills and moors, in order that they might maintain their testimony to the truth as they believed it. At length the victory of Drumclog inspired them with courage, and, gathering from all parts of the country, they overran the western lowlands. A large body of troops, under the Duke of Monmouth and Claverhouse, was despatched to check them, and found them strongly posted on the southern bank of the Clyde at Bothwell Bridge. The Bridge had been barricaded, and cannon had been placed so as to rake it. Unfortunately, immediately previous to the battle, discord broke out among the different religious factions in the covenanting army, and even when the day of the fight came, the preachers of the various factions were inculcating their peculiar views upon their followers amid the din and smoke of battle...The Covenanters were for the time being scattered, but although cast down they were not destroyed, and the old spirit never died out until the hated National Episcopal Church was abolished, and Presbyterianism became officially recognised.”

Descriptive letterpress, from 'Photographs of the Clyde'

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