Skip to content

Philiphaugh

Updated Sunday 7th January 2001

A defeat and surrender had a bloody aftermath at Philiphaugh

In September 1645, the good fortune of the Earl of Montrose finally ran out.

Having evaded the Covenanting forces for over a year, he was eventually run to earth at Philiphaugh on the Yarrow. Outnumbered three to one, Montrose was persuaded to flee from battle and disappear back into the Highlands.

Antrim's Irish contingent, however, exhausted from over a year of guerilla warfare and Highland living, conceded defeat and surrendered on the understanding that their lives would be spared. The Covenanters and Campbells quickly broke their word and slaughtered every man, woman and boy - hanging and drowning the last stragglers. Just one more bloody episode in the epic MacDonald - Campbell feud, but a major blow to Royalist hopes in Scotland.


The Covenaters' memorial at Philiphaugh

 

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?

Other content you may like

Spring forward Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Michael Jobling video icon

Nature & Environment 

Spring forward

Records kept by amateur diarists confirm that spring is springing forward and autumn is falling back. Their work has spawned a new science - phenology. Open University lecturer David Robinson explains why amateur records are important and how you can help our understanding of environmental change to spring forward even further.

Video
15 mins
Will more money for the NHS deliver for midwife services? Creative commons image Icon Jim Linwood under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Will more money for the NHS deliver for midwife services?

In pre-announcements before the Autumn Statement, new money for the NHS was being promised. But will it help solve the crisis in midwifery services in the NHS? Writing for OpenDemocracy, The Royal College of Midwives' Sean O'Sullivan is sceptical.

Article
Alex Stonell's story Creative commons image Icon After the extinctions ... at least our kids will always have the dominoes / CC BY 2.0 under Creative-Commons license article icon

Nature & Environment 

Alex Stonell's story

Explore the personal side of climate change with Alex Stonell's diary entry.

Article
Chris Huggins' story Creative commons image Icon Biodiversity / CC BY 2.0 under Creative-Commons license article icon

Nature & Environment 

Chris Huggins' story

Explore the personal side of climate change with Chris Huggins' diary entry.

Article
Britain's Great War: Download your free 'The First World War Experienced' booklet Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license article icon

History & The Arts 

Britain's Great War: Download your free 'The First World War Experienced' booklet

From casualties to commemoration, explore the realities of war with this free booklet.

Article
Aftershocks - The Restoration Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Wark Clements article icon

History & The Arts 

Aftershocks - The Restoration

The imperfect development of political consciousness in the mid- seventeenth century is revealed in the Stuart Restoration

Article
The Modernist Movement: Arrival (1928 - 1939) Creative commons image Icon tpholland under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license article icon

History & The Arts 

The Modernist Movement: Arrival (1928 - 1939)

During the 1930s, modernism moved from being a middle-class dream to a direct influence on working people's lives.

Article
Wartime Farm: Can you Beat The Ministry Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University / Lord Woolston by Getty Images activity icon

History & The Arts 

Wartime Farm: Can you Beat The Ministry

A nation at war has many demands on its machinery and manpower - can you share resources more effectively than Lord Woolton and help the war effort?

Activity
Slavery and the North of England Creative commons image Icon Andy-Beal under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license article icon

History & The Arts 

Slavery and the North of England

Did the North of England become prosperous on the back of the slave trade? Melinda Elder examines the impact of the trade on the ports of Lancaster, Liverpool and Whitehaven.

Article