Greyfriars

Greyfriars

The members of the Cameronians Regimental Association will be holding their annual commemoration service in the Covenanters’ Prison, Greyfriars Kirkyard on Saturday, 1st July at one o’ clock. Originally raised as the Cameronian Guard by the Lords of the Convention, the regiment was named after the followers of Richard Cameron a Presbyterian minister. The Convention declared that James was no longer King of Scotland, and offered the crown jointly to William and Mary. In March 1689, three Scottish regiments in the service of the Dutch king arrived in Edinburgh, and the forces raised to protect the Convention were dismissed. The following month, a regiment recruited from the Cameronians was raised by James, Earl of Angus. 1200 men are said to have enlisted in a single day, without the need for ‘the beat of drum’ or a bounty being paid. The regiment was divided into twenty companies. In addition to the regimental chaplain each of the companies had an elder. image credit Wikimedia Commons