The Wakenwee: A Field in #Scotland. #History


One of the stranger place names associated with the Covenanters is the ‘Wakenwee’, near Hamilton in Lanarkshire.

According to the OS name book in c.1860, the Wakenwee was:

‘A Farm Steading … The origin of this name, on the authority of Mr Jackson of Hallhill, is from some Covenanter’s making the neighborhood a place of refuge after the “Battle of Bothwell Bridge”, & walking in woe or war for their losses etc.’


Map of former site of Wakenwee

The steading in now completely ruined. Nearby is the Wakenwee Well, chalybeate or mineral spring that contains iron salts, at the head of Cadzow Burn and on the boundary of Hamilton and Glassford parishes.

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Photo Rough Pasture by the Wakenwee © Gordon Brown and licensed for reuse.

Additional Text © Copyright Dr Mark Jardine. All Rights Reserved. Please feel free link to this post on Facebook or other social networks or retweet it, but do not reblog in FULL without the express permission of the author @drmarkjardine


~ by drmarkjardine on February 2, 2017.

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