Remembering the Battle of Langside

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A series of commemorative events are to take place to mark the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Langside.

The most significant battle to take place within Glasgow city boundaries, the Battle of Langside took place in 1568.

On the morning of May 13, forces in support of Mary, Queen of Scots were marching from Hamilton towards Dumbarton Castle when they found their path blocked by troops commanded by the Regent Moray.

The two armies drew up lines of battle as shown on the map. Clincart Hill is now the site of Langside College.

The two armies clashed in the area where Battlefield Memorial now stands.

After the battle, Mary fled south. She spent her last night in Scotland at Dundrennan Abbey, near Kirkcudbright (an event commemorated by Dundrennan Road in Battlefield) before crossing to England to face captivity and eventual execution.

A tree planting ceremony will take place in the grounds of the Glasshouse at Queens Park, Glasgow on Wednesday, March 7 at 12 noon.

The tree planting will be carried out by The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Cllr Eva Bolander, who has agreed to be the Honorary President of the Commemorations.

The Lord Provost will be assisted by pupils from local Primary Schools.

The event is being sponsored by Glasgow Tree Lovers Society and supported by the horticultural unit of Langside Campus, Clyde College

A fundraising ceilidh will be held on Friday, March 9, from 7.30pm at Finn’s Place, Langside Church.

Ceilidh Band Hallanshankers will entertain with bar, snacks, fundraising raffle. Tickets are priced at £10 and are available from Finns Place, Langside Parish Church, Ledard Road or from Eventbrite (search “Lang 450 ceilidh”).

The full programme of events will be announced on March 7.