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Pentland rising

Pentland rising, 1666. Support for the covenant was strong in south-west Scotland and clandestine conventicles continued after the Restoration, the covenanters fined for not attending their parish churches. In November 1666 an incident at Dalry, near New Galloway, sparked off a rising. The covenanters occupied Dumfries and advanced upon Edinburgh by way of Lanark. But their numbers dwindled in the face of heavy rain and fewer than 1,000 of them were intercepted and dispersed at Rullion Green, near Penicuik in the Pentland Hills. Retaliation was severe with 30 executions and many transportations.

J. A. Cannon

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