Battle of Airds Moss - 1680

The most significant event in the Lugar area, concerning the Covenanters, was the battle of Airds Moss, which took place on 22nd July 1680. Airds Moss is not far from the village of Lugar and is located within the same Parish. On the day of the battle, a party of Government Troops, commanded by David Bruce of Earshall,  was on the Cumnock-Muirkirk Road, when they spotted a group of Covenanters. There were around 112 Government men, with a smaller number of Covenanters. The battle was very short-lived - 9 covenanters were killed - 5 taken prisoner and the remainder escaped. Some 28 Government Troops were killed in this skirmish. The bodies of the Covenanters were buried where they fell and a memorial now marks the site. Of the 5 prisoners - 2 died of their wounds - and the remaining three were later hanged in Edinburgh. It was during this skirmish that Richard Cameron and his brother Michael were killed. Richard Cameron's name was adopted as the name of the famous Cameronian Regiment. With the Glorious Revolution in late 1689 and the replacement of King Charles with William and Mary - Presbyterianism was again recognised as the religion of Scotland.

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