John Winram’s Letter on Renwick’s field preaching at Black Loch in 1684

A letter from Lieutenant-Colonel John Winram reveals the location of James Renwick’s famous Black Loch field preaching….

Winram’s letter was sent with one from General Thomas Dalyell of the Binns to Sir James Foulis of Colinton, Lord Justice-Clerk.

‘Glasgow, [Monday] 9th June, half-two in the afternoon, 1684.

My Lord [Clerk Register]:—Yesterday, at the forenoon’s sermon [in Glasgow], I was alairmed of a conventicle at the Blackloch, and sent a party of twenty men of a company [of foot], and twenty dragoons, under Lieutenant- Colonel Winrhame. The account you will have by the following two letters of his. I desire your Lordship to communicate this to the Council.—Your Lordship’s humble servant,
T. Dalyell.’
(Napier, Memorialls of Viscount Dundee, II, 395.)

Shields of AuchengrayShields © James Allan and licensed for reuse.

Lieutenant-Colonel John Winram wrote to Dalyell from Shields, by Auchengray in New Monkland parish, Lanarkshire.

Map of Shields [of Auchengray]

‘At the Scheills of Auchingray, seven o’clock at night [Sunday, 8 June].

May it please your Excellence:—I am informed that this day, about ten o’clock, there was convened at Drumlech-hill, about the number of a hundred men and women ; most men, and all of them armed with guns and swords. We found they have designed a conventicle, and we find the stoups of the tent on the place where it has been set. I find by information, they have been convening all night. They went away in a full body towards the south-east, about ten o’clock, where I intend to pursue them all night, sending the dragoons a space before, and we to follow as close as we can. If your Excellence intend any new orders for me, I shall leave word at Ballbuckly where I’ll be found to-morrow morning. This is all the account can be given at the present.—Your Excellence’s most humble servant,

” Jo. Wynrhame.”
(Napier, Memorialls of Viscount Dundee, II, 395.)

Drumlech Hill Black LochDrumlech

Winram’s letter identities the location of the Black Loch preaching as Drumlech Hill. On Roy’s map of the 1750s the nearby farm is called ‘Drumlach’ and the first OS map as ‘Drumtech’.

Today, the farm of Drumlech has disappeared, but it lay close to the existing farm at Hillhead which may stand on Drumlech Hill. A patch of rough ground in the field marks the site of a building at Drumlech.

Map of Drumlech/Hillhead             Street View of towards Drumlech

Drumlech lay in an area frequented by the Society people.

Winram then pursued Renwick and the Society people through Cambusnethan parish.

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One Response to “John Winram’s Letter on Renwick’s field preaching at Black Loch in 1684”

  1. […] where they drank at the house, before they turned west and headed for the Clyde. At the same time, Lieutenant-Colonel Winram was in pursuit of the Covenanters, but he lost them at Carbarns Ford across the Clyde. Soon after, Claverhouse took up the search on […]

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