The Covenanters’ Lookout at Watch Knowe

According to the mid-nineteenth century OS name book, Watch Knowe on the boundary between Dumfriesshire and Peebleshire was were the Covenanters looked out for approaching government soldiers.

Towards Loch Skeen from Watch Knowe

Towards Loch Skeen from Watch Knowe © Iain Lees and licensed for reuse.

‘A large hill on the farm of Polmoodie, the watershed of which forms the boundary between the counties of Dumfries, Selkirk and Peebles. [History, Tradition and Local information state that this hill derives the name from the Circumstances of its having been one of the places where the Covenanters used to Station Men to give warning of the approach of the Soldiers]’ (OS Name Book for Moffat parish)

Watch Knowe lies to the west of Dob’s Linn and to the north of the Grey Mare’s Tail, to the east of Donald’s Cleuch, three sites which tradition associates with the Covenanters. Donald Cargill is also supposed to have hidden nearby.

Map of Watch Knowe

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~ by drmarkjardine on January 15, 2015.

One Response to “The Covenanters’ Lookout at Watch Knowe”

  1. […] Knowe was where the OS name book stated that the Covenanters ‘used to Station Men to give warning of the approach of the Soldiers’. There is no historical […]

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