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Shotts and Dykehead Covenanters' Association membership card, 1984
Card for membership of the Shotts and Dykehead Covenanters' Association, a local branch of the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association. The Association was formed in 1966 for the "Preservation of graves and memorials of Covenanters" as well as a means of celebrating and commemorating Covenanting heritage. The cover shows the old Starryshaw Covenanters' Monument, to the east of Shotts, which was destroyed by vandalism but has since been replaced with a memorial stone by the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association.
As this card shows, the Shotts and Dykehead Association also organised conventicles during June 1984 at locations of Covenanting significance in the local area, such as the 'Peden Stane', a boulder from which the famous preacher 'Prophet' Alexander Peden (c.1626-1686) reputedly conducted sermons from. Unusual among Covenanter memorials it is topped by a cast iron obelisk (rather than more conventional stone) and dated 1866. June is a month of significance in Covenanter history, being the month of Charles II's declaration of support for the Solemn League and Covenant (1650) and the Battles of Drumclog and Bothwell Bridge (1679).
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