New Book: The Covenanters of the Glenkens by David Bartholomew

News posted on 13 January 2024


The parishes of the Glenkens in northern Kirkcudbrightshire were at the heart of support for the Covenanting movement in seventeenth century Scotland and suffered greatly in the latter half of that century when the king and the political leadership of the country sought to suppress that movement and impose the Episcopalian system of church government on the people.  In  The Covenanters of the Glenkens  David Bartholomew explores the historical context of those days and introduces us to some of the inspiring, though often tragic, stories from those times, offering us a window into the world of the people of that day. 

The book has been an early retirement project for David,  after nearly 28 years as parish minister of the Glenkens.  The book gathers up the stories shared in the local church’s annual conventicles over the past twenty years. The 186-page book can be purchased at Barry Smarts, Castle Douglas; The Catstrand, New Galloway or the Community Shop, Dalry, price £10, or ordered direct from the author at £8 plus £2.50 postage and packing, by emailing or  phoning 07762 083703, or by post with an enclosed cheque, sent to him at Craigend Cottage, Broughton, Biggar ML12 6HH.