The Covenanters

Driving Route

The Covenanters


The Covenanting era was an extremely important time in Scotland’s History. Covenanter’s can be characterised by those who signed the National Covenant in 1638, to state their strong opposition to the Stuart Monarchy’s interference with the Scottish Presbyterian Church.

However, their cause was not just related to their religious beliefs but also to the politics and well-being of Scotland. Dumfries and Galloway was home to many key figures and locations in Covenanting history and this route explores some of these:

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What you'll see

Burning Bush Memorial Sculpture - St John's Town of Dalry

Monuments & Statues

Located at the southern end of Dalry, the Burning Bush memorial was installed in 2004.

Dalry Parish Church - St John's Town of Dalry

Religious Buildings

The parish church in Dalry was design by William McCandlish and was completed in 1831.

Earlstoun Castle - St John's Town of Dalry


Earlstoun Castle dates back over 400 years and was once the stronghold of the Gordons, a well-known family of Covenanters.

Carsphairn Kirkyard - Carsphairn

Religious Buildings

The parish of Carsphairn was a frequent location of Conventicles as a number of Covenanters lived here.

Kirkudbright Tolbooth - Kirkcudbright

Buildings, Museums & Exhibitions

Dating back to 1629, Kirkcudbright Tolbooth held many accused of Covenanting crimes.

St. Cuthbert’s Parish Church - Kirkcudbright

History & Heritage

St. Cuthbert’s Parish Church, built in 1838, is the latest to be dedicated to the 7th century Northumbrian saint who gave the town its name.

Wigtown Museum - Wigtown

Buildings, Museums & Exhibitions

The Wigtown museum tells the story of the Burgh and various items of Wigtown memorabilia are on display.

Wigtown Martyr's Stake - Wigtown

Monuments & Statues

This monument to the east of Wigtown and was erected in 1858 to commemorate The Wigtown Martyrs, Margaret Maclauchlan and Margaret Wilson.

Dumfries Martyrs’ Monument - Dumfries

Monuments & Statues

This memorial marks the graves of Covenanters William Grierson, William Welsh and James Kirk.

Sanquhar Declarations Monument - Sanquhar

Monuments & Statues

The Sanquhar Declaration monument mark the spot in which Michael Cameron, in the presence of his brother, the Covenanter leader Richard Cameron, read out his…

Philiphaugh Battle Memorial - Selkirk

Monuments & Statues

Outside the town, the Rugby and Cricket Fields are on the site of the Battle of Philiphaugh.