Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Covenanters' Guard House

Thanks to James Denham for this photo and information which he has posted on Geograph. New things come to light all the time!
A Covenanters' guard house   NT867 532
The lower half of this old building is said to be a guard house for Covenanting soldiers and was probably built to protect a nearby Conventicle in 1670. At the Conventicle at Allanbank, formerly known as East Nisbet, The great convenanting minister, Reverend John Blackadder, offered communion to an audience of over 3,200 people all keen to preserve Scotland's chosen church amidst the onslaught of Royalist soldiers.
As you will notice, the lower half of the building contains gun loops while the top has been added much later to form a shed.

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