House of Freugh




House of Freugh Garrison


The House of Freugh was used as a garrison for a period during the time of the Covenanters. It was originally the home of Patrick MacDowall of Freugh, whose lands were confiscated for his having raised arms and appeared at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge.

On 10 December 1680 a garrison of thirty horse was ordered to be stationed at Freugh, partly as a punishment to the owner of the house, but also to overawe the surrounding population. Whether or not the garrison was established at this time is not sure, but on 6 October 1681 a second order was made to garrison the house.