RUADHS LOTHIANS SCOTTISH HISTORY TRAIL

educational history scottish

ANCIENT KIRKS AND WORSHIP SITES O LOTHIANS AND OTHERS IN SCOTLAND THAT ARE HERATIAGE.MONKS       SETTLEMENTS ,KIRKLISTON,BARBACALAW.ARMADLE      MONKLANDS ARDRIE,WHITBURN,KIRK O SHOTS                  TORPHICEN,ABERCORN, BISHOPS HELD GREAT POWER   ALL THROUGH SCOTLAND AND THE MONKS UNDER THEM.ALL WERE WARRIORS WHEN CAME THE CALL TO  ARMS,AND THE KNIGHTS OF ST JOHN,AND TEMPLARS      AND HOSPITALER ALL TRAINED IN THE ART O WAR AND EVEN THE MONKS TOOK UP THE SWORD ,TO DEFEND OUR SCOTLAND AND BISHOPS WOULD LEAD THE ARMYS INTO BATTLE WITH THE HOLY CROSS HELD HIGH ALL WERE BLESSED BEFORE A BATTLE. A POWER HOUSE OF HOLY WARRIORS BLESSED BE FOR O CROSS     AND LIBARTY O THAE FREEDOM O THAE SCOTS.

KIRKTON CHURCH, BATHGATE

VISIT THIS GEM OF A CHURCH, NOW A RUIN WITH ANCIENT GRAVEYARD

BUILT UPON THE SITE OF A DRUID/CELTS WORSHIP PLACE

VIEW THE LONE KNIGHT INSIDE THE RUIN, AGAIN, PART OF THE HISTORY LOTHIANS.

ABERCORN CHURCH

 ANCIENT GRAVE YARD AND YET ANOTHER GEM

INSIDE YOU WILL FIND THE ONLY VIKING BOAR BURIAL STONES I HAVE COME ACROSS.

THE DAYELL FAMILY BURIAL CHAMBER IS ALSO IN THIS CHURCH.

ONE OF THE BEST KEPT CHURCHES AND MOST HISTORICAL IN THIS AREA.

DATES FROM THE  6TH CENTURY AND UPDATED OVER THE YEARS AS IS THE NORM

KIRK OF SHOTTS

THIS CHURCH IS ANOTHER GEM WITH ANCIENT BURIALS (AND STILL IN USE TODAY)

THE GRAVE YARD IS FULL OF HISTORY ON THESE ANCIENT BURIAL STONES.

THE MOST INTERESTING ARE THE RESTING PLACES OF THE COVENANTERS

WHO WERE KILLED BY THE JACOBITES AND LAID TO REST IN KIRK OF SHOTTS

TORPHICEN PRECEPTORY USED BY GODS HOLY ARMY ALL THE ANCIENT ORDERS HAVE BEEN HERE AND USED IT GRANDMASTERS OF ALL THREE ORDER AND THERE KNIGHTS WERE HERE THE HOSPITLARS THE KNIGHTS O ST JOHN AND THE TEMPLARS WERE ALL HERE IT WAS A LARGE COMPLEX IT IS RECORD THAT THEY WOULD DINE WITH KINGS AND HUNT IN BATHGATE FOR WILD BOAR BATHGATE MEANS BACET BOAR WOOD A GREAT HUNTING GROUND AND FROM HERE THEY WOULD GO ON THE CRUSADES AS GODS HOLY ARMY TO DEFEND AND FIGHT IN THE HOLY LAND THE GAVE THERE LIVES TO CRUSADES

Carinpapple 5000 YEAR OLD BURIAL GROUND

THIS 5000 YEAR OLD BURIAL SITE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SITE IN THE LOTHIANS.

WORSHIPPING TAKING PLACE AND OTHER SACRED RITES IN THE BATHGATE HILLS

IT CAN BE SEEN AS THE CENTRAL POINT IN WEST LOTHIAN 1000 FT ABOVE SEA LEVEL.

ITS OPEN TODAY TO VIEW, THE CENTRAL BURIAL CHAMBER AND THE ONES AROUND IT.

THIS GEM GIVES YOU THE FULL VIEW OF THE LOTHIANS FROM THE TOP

THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF THE BATHGATE HILLS ARE STILL THERE TO VIEW TODAY

AND MORE ARE YET TO BE DISCOVERED AND LOGGED FOR THE FUTURE HISTORIANS.

THEY MUST NOT BE DAMAGED IN ANY WAY, RECORDED AND MAPPED IS THE BEST WAY.

WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGY THERE IS NO NEED TO DISTURB ANCIENT SITES,

THE HILLS ARE FULL OF PREHISTORIC SITES /FORTS/CAIRNS AND MUCH MORE.

THE PAST MUST BE PROTECTED UNLESS THE SITE IS IN DANGER IN ANY WAY

TO EXCAVATE A SITE PERMISSION IS REQUIRED BY LAND OWNER /LOTHIAN COUNCIL

HISTORIC SCOTLAND AND PERMISSION IS HARD TO COME BY... NEW LAWS HAVE JUST

BEEN PUT IN PLACE GIVING EACH LOCAL COUNCIL THE POWER OVER THE LAND.

FARMERS IN THE LOTHIANS END UP WITH LEGAL ASPECTS TO SOLVE AND THIS LEADS

TO THEM STOPPING SURVEYS AND BEING ON THEIR LAND ..I HAVE SEEN THIS

BATHGATE  SILVER MINES COINAGE FOR THE KINGS

JUST DOWN FROM CAIRNPAPPLE SITS THE OLD SILVER MINES. COINAGE FOR KINGS.

THE ROW OF THE SMALL WORKERS VILLAGE (RUIN) IS STILL THERE TODAY

AS ARE THE SPOIL HEAPS AND POND AND ENTANCE TO ONE OF THE SHAFTS

ANOTHER PART OF THE BATHGATE HILLS SECRETS WHICH THERE ARE MANY.

WARNING BEACONS PLUS ANCIENT SETTLEMENTS WERE ON THE TOP O THESE HILLS

THERE ARE THREE BEACONS IN THE HILLS WARDLAW, COCKELROY AND BOWDENHILL.

THE HILL TOPS WERE USED AS A DEFENCE SYSTEM. LARGE FIRES WOULD BE SET

AS A WARNING TO GET READY TO DEFEND THE THREAT FROM THE SOUTH.

THE BEACONS WERE USED THROUGH ALL TIME PERIODS AND WOULD HAVE WORKED

TO GET EVERONE READY FOR BATTLE AND INTO POSITIONS.

Whitburn South Church

ELISABETH PATON DAUGHTER OR OF RABBIE BURNS IS BURIED THERE ANOTHER

WESTLOTHIAN ANCIENT BURIAL GROUND WITH BARONS EARLS THERE AS WELL

A GEM OF A GRAVE YARD

WHITBURN SOUTH CHURCH

THE BODY SNATCHERS BURK AND HARE ARE ALSO CONECTED WITH THIS CHURCH

IT IS RECORED THEY WERE CHASED OUT BY THE LOCAL POLICE

THE BULLET HOLES CAN BE SEEN TO THIS DAY AS THEY FLED  THE GRAVE YARD

KIRKTON KIRK LONE KNIGHT INSIDE THE RUIN DATES FROM 6C AD AND MORE ANCIENT BURIALS

TORPHCEN PRECEPTORY FROM THE FRONT STILL A PLACE O WORSHIP AND WEDDINGS IN THIS OLD KIRK  AND IN ANCIENT TIMES WAS A PLACE O REFUGE ONCE YOU GOT INSIDE NO ONE COULD TOUCH YOU        WHAT EVER YOU HAD DONE AND FOR 3 MILES IN A CIRCLE ARE THE REFUGE STONES AND ALL ARE STILL THERE TODAY MANY PEOPLE USED THE REFUGE FROM LORDS TO EARLS AND COMMON FOLK  WHEN      THERE LIVES WERE IN DANGER NO ONE DARE ENTER  THIS HOLY PLACE UNTIL ALL WAS RESOLVED

CAIRNPAPPLE ANCIENT BURIAL GROUND FIVE THOUSAND YEARS OLD WATCHES OVER THE LOTHIANS ON THAT HILL ANCIENT RITES WHERE CARRIED OUT IT IS A GEM IN OUR HISTORY

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ABOVE ABERCORN CHURCH 6CAD / THE STANDING  STONES WERE A PLACE O WORSHIP IN OUR ANCIENT TIMES I HAVE ADDED THEM IN AND GO AND SEE THEM AND MUCH MORE

KIRK O SHOTTS THE COVANTERS ARE BURIED HERE     AS THE JACOBITES WOULD COME AND KILL THEM          THERE IS A PLACE NEARBY CALLED FORTIST MEANS     FORTY SAT HAVING THERE SECERT MEETING AND ON ONE DARK NIGHT 40 COVANTERS DIED GAVE AWAY      BY A SPY THE JACAOBITES ATTACKED AND ALL DIED

BRIDGECASTLE 14c  ENTERY TO THE CASTLE NOW FLATS 5 MINS FORM MY HOUSE

KIRKTON BATHGATE ANCIENT KIRK 6CAD WITH THE  LONE KNIGHT FROM 12 C AD NOW A RUIN BUT A GREAT HISTORY SITE BUILD ONE A ANCIENT DRUID     SITE SO THEY WOULD GIVE UP THERE CELTIC WAYS AND BECOME CHRISTIANS THIS HAVE HAPPEND WITH EVERY KIRK ARCROSS THE LAND SO THE DRUIDS WOULD HIDE AWAY AND PRACTISE THERE OLD CELTIC WAYS AND NOT BE OVERCOME BY THE ABOVE TO BE FREE AND WORSHIP OUTSIDE

KING ROBERT THE BRUCE BURIAL DUNFERMLINE