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Battle of Waterloo
Family history records the saga of two boys, members of the Murdoch family, late of 32 Hill Road.

One morning in the Spring of 1815 James Murdoch entered the weaving shop which he shared with his two sons. “Where is Willie?” he asked of his younger son James. “He has gone to Larkhall to enlist in the army” was the reply. “Well go down and bring him back James” his father instructed, “tell him we have too much work on hand as it is”. Meeting up with his brother on the old Stonehouse to Larkhall road the younger boy delivered the message as advised. “Come on you coward” said Willie. The will of the older boy prevailed and both lads joined up as volunteers in the local infantry regiment, 26th Foot (Cameronians).

On the fatal day, Sunday 18th June 1815, both lads were mortally wounded at the Battle of Waterloo. On the fly leaf of a bible they wrote their names with the only medium available to them - blood. The bible was duly returned to the family by a survivor, as a melancholy relic of the two volunteers who had died for their country. Sunday 18th June 1815 and the irreparable loss to the Murdoch family was long to be remembered in Stonehouse.

Another military related incident, was that of Mrs William Alston who records her father telling her that, as a young boy of ten, witnessed from a tree on Kittymuir farm in 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army marching along Carlisle Road. This can be supported by a recording of the Jacobite army making a temporary stop in Larkhall.

It is a misconception that all Jacobites were Highlanders, George Lockhart of Carnwath (descendant of the Lockharts of Castlehill) was adherent to the Jacobite cause in Lowland Scotland. It is also untrue that all Jacobites were Catholic, for they also comprised of Episcopalians and Presbyterians.

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