This past week flew by! Although I couldn’t possibly give you all a comprehensive review of everything we did on our Reformation Tours, I am going to share some of my favorite moments! We are so thankful to God for good weather and good health, and that we were able to enjoy the week and learn more about Him and His people as we did. Jimmy and Helen are so knowledgeable and passionate about the reformations, so that made the trips even better.
On our first day of the tour, we travelled east from Airdrie to Edinburgh. At the end of the day, Jordan and I went to Edinburgh Castle and explored there for a couple of hours. It was way bigger than I had ever imagined, and from the top we had beautiful views of the city below.
On the second day of our tours, we travelled to the southwest of Scotland. We did not have to travel far for our first stop, which is pictured below. The statue depicted here is of James Douglas, Earl of Angus. He was the first colonel of the Cameronian Regiment, which was raised up as part of the British Army in 1689. The Cameronians were followers of Richard Cameron, who was known as ‘the Lion of the Covenant.’ They, too, were Covenanters, and fought for their right to follow their faith. This regiment actually looked more like a Presbyterian congregation than a military unit, and was active until 1881.
Statue of James Douglas, Earl of Angus
One of the most impactful sites for me that we visited was the site of the Battle of Drumclog. Drumclog is in the countryside, as depicted in the picture below. The Covenanters worshipped in fields, known as conventicles, because they couldn’t worship in churches, for they had refused to acknowledge the king as the head of the church. On June 1, 1679, the Covenanters were listening to a sermon on suffering for Christ’s sake, when they were alerted of approaching troops. These troops were led by John Graham of Claverhouse and his Dragoons, known to be fierce warriors. Although outnumbered and out-armored, the Covenanters actually won the battle, because the Dragoons’ horses got stuck in the boggy ground. I cannot imagine undergoing such persecution, and humbled at the witness of these people, who at the time did not think they were doing anything extraordinary, but simply worshipping God.
The site of the Battlefield at Drumclog. To the right is the hill to which the women and children fled prior to the battle.
The next day we headed out to the Highlands of Scotland. One cannot help but stand in awe at the majesty of God’s creation when entering such a beautiful place! We spent some time at Glencoe, a place full of history and scenic views.
Glencoe, termed “the weeping glen” because of the large amount of waterfalls.
We were blessed with such beautiful weather throughout the week, which made our trips even more enjoyable! Here is a picture of Jordan overlooking part of Loch Lomond.
Jordan at Loch Lomond
Our last day was spent in Glasgow, a 25-minute train ride from Airdrie. We learned a lot about Glasgow, which got its name from a Gaelic word meaning “green valley.” The city was founded by Mungo, a missionary to the area in the 500s. He followed the river, landed in the center of what we now know to be Glasgow, and started his ministry there for several years. He is now venerated as a saint. The picture below is of the Necropolis, a well-known cemetery in Glasgow. Prior to the building of the cemetery, a statue of John Knox was erected there, as pictured in the center.
The statue in the center is of John Knox, at the Necropolis overlooking Glasgow.
On Saturday, Beth took Jordan and I on a little adventure, which landed us at Loch Lubnaig. We are so thankful for Beth and everything she has done for us already! Our experience in Scotland would be so different without her.
A highland cow near Loch Lubnaig