History of the Stewarts | Battles and Historic Events
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The Battle of Drumclog is important as the opening battle of the 1679 Covenanter uprising. It was a resounding victory for the Covenanters, boosting recruitment to their cause.Given the numbers involved, particularly on the government side however this can be considered little more than a skirmish, despite the significance of its aftermath.
The Covenanters may have been behind a ditch, although accounts vary on this and there were marshes all around. This effective selection of terrain by the Covananters made a cavalry attack difficult and so Claverhouse’s dragoons dismounted and advanced on foot to within pistol shot. In response the rebels charged against the centre and left flank of the government deployment. Outnumbered the government forces broke and fled.