Retreat of the Covenanters at Benry Bog #History

Benry Bog

Benry Bog lies on the shire boundary between West Calder parish and Carnwath parish.

According to the OS Name Book of the mid nineteenth century:

‘1 Miles W. S. W. from the N. end of Cobinshaw Reservoir A Bog or Quagmire, situate on an extensive plain, Celebra as being a retreat of the Covenanter[s] during the persecution.’ (Vide Scots Worthies)’.


‘A Soft Bog or Quagmire celebrated as a place where the Covenanters used to meet during the persecution (See Scotch worthies) its Situation in a Small Howe or Hollow in an extensive Plain rendered it an appropriate place for the purpose in those times, as in addition to a distant view of an approaching party; they themselves could not be seen at a few yards distant and they could if hard pressed retire into the Bog where they would be quite Secure as the Soldiers with their Horses durst not follow’

Benry Bog Pate's Hill Wind Farm

At Benry Bog © Ian Murfitt and licensed for reuse.

Patrick Walker specifically states that Donald Cargill preached on 19 June, 1681, at ‘Bendry Bridge’ which lies on the road that crosses the bog.

Map of Benry Bridge and Benry Bog              Street View of Benry Bridge and Benry Bog

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One Response to “Retreat of the Covenanters at Benry Bog #History”

  1. […] and at Benry Bridge in the moorland on the boundary of the parish in June, 1681. The latter site is recorded in later tradition, as is Leven Seat, just over the same northern boundary, which was also said to have been used for […]

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