Threat to Bothwell Bridge (1679) Battlefield

22 August 2013

South Lanarkshire Council has received a planning application (reference HM/13/029) to build houses on part of the Historic Scotland inventoried battlefield at Bothwell Bridge. Here a small Covenanter force held off government troops for several hours until being overcome. Further details about the battle are available on the Battlefield Trust Resource Centre at:

The Battlefields Trust has objected to this application (see here for the letter) as it would destroy an important part of the battlefield landscape and threaten archaeology which earlier investigations has indicated is present in the proposed development area. Objections can be sent online to South Lanarkshire Council via its website at The Battlefields Trust would encourage its members to do so by 13 August when the consultation closes.  


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