Garrisons and Prisons


During the time of the Covenanting struggle, the government commandeered a number of castles and country houses from Covenant-supporting landowners and billeted soldiers there. These men were used to track down Covenanters in the surrounding areas.

Many Covenanters were held in jail in a variety of locations. There follows a list of jails used as such.



Barskimming House, Stair

Blairquhan Castle, Straiton

Caitloch House - Moniaive

Cessnock Castle, Galston

Corsock House, Kirkcudbrightshire

Cunning Park - Ayr

Dean Castle - Kilmarnock

Earlstoun Castle - Dalry

House of Freugh, Wigtownshire

Kenmure Castle, New Galloway

Kildonan House, Barrhill

Mearns Castle - Newton Mearns

Mid Calder

Newmilns Tower - Newmilns

Sorn Castle - Sorn



Bass Rock

Blackness Castle

Castle of St John - Stranraer

Dumfries Castle

Dumfries Tolbooth

Dumbarton Castle

Dunnottar Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh - Haddo's Hole

Edinburgh - St Giles' High Church

Edinburgh Tolbooth

Edinburgh - Greyfriars Covenanters' Prison

Irvine Tolbooth

Kirkcudbright Tolbooth

Stirling Castle

Strathaven (Avondale) Castle