Hieton Battlefield

Plaque commemorating the Battle of Hieton
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Plaque commemorating the Battle of Hieton

A skirmish of the Covenanter Campaigns, the Battle of Hieton took place in Hamilton (South Lanarkshire) on the 1st December, 1650. Close to the Cadzow Burn in the Hieton (or high-town) district of the town, Oliver Cromwell's English army defeated a force of Scottish Covenanters. The Covenanters had surprised Cromwell's garrison, based in Hamilton and despite initial success, the English garrison re-grouped and drove the Covenanters out with heavy losses.

The battle is commemorated by a plaque on the Cadzow Bridge.

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