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I am running a series of events in 2011 and 2012 to raise funds to assist Durham Cathedral erect a plaque in memory of circa 1,600 Scottish soldiers who died there during imprisonment in 1650. These include in 2011 the Edinburgh marathon in May, Crathes half-marathon in September and the Loch Ness marathon in October 2011. I am still trying to get a place for this years' New York marathon as a possible additional event. In 2012, I will be running the Stockholm marathon also to raise funds.
It is a little known historical fact that circa 1,600 Scots soldiers died of starvation and disease whilst held imprisoned in Durham Cathedral in the 17 century. It is with great surprise that people learn of the tragic events in this much loved and hallowed religious building, the greatest Cathedral in England. This whole episode of history for some reason has been absent from the school curriculums in both Scotland and England.
The dead are thought to lie within or near the grounds of Durham Cathedral. To this very day there is no memorial at the Cathedral to these Scots, predominantly highland clansmen, who were fighting for their country.
Many of the survivors of the events of 1650 were sold into slavery in the US, mostly in Massachusetts.
After years of dialogue, Durham Cathedral have now approved the creation and erection of a memorial to the soldiers, commonly referred to as the “Dunbar Martyr’s” as the events took place after the battle of Dunbar in 1650. They have agreed on the proviso that the creation and erection of the memorial is self funded. We are delighted to have the Cathedral's support, however, need to raise funds to make it happen!
The memorial will be created out of stone and will bear a Scot’s thistle. Further, it will have simple wording inscribed to recognise and remember the dead. The Cathedral have agreed to locate in what is known as “Scot’s corner” of the building, where there is an existing alter to St Margaret, Queen of Scotland.
The agreed text is:
"IN MEMORY OF THE SCOTS CAPTURED AT THE BATTLE OF DUNBAR IN 1650 WHO WERE IMPRISONED IN THIS CATHEDRAL
MANY HUNDREDS DIED DURING THEIR IMPRISONMENT
THEIR BURIAL PLACE IS UNKNOWN"
My runs are to raise funds directly for the Cathedral (which is a registered UK charity) which they have confirmed they will use to fund the creation and erection of the memorial plaque. There will be an unveiling ceremony at the Cathedral on St Andrew's day. Myself and historian Roy Pugh are attending.
By donating you will be personally contributing to creation of this plaque which will provide fitting recognition, respect and remembrance to these fogotten Scots soldiers.
Kind regards,
George
ps, still awaiting final confirmation that I have a public ballot place in the NY marathon. If not I will run a further event in another location in addition to the Edinburgh and Loch Ness runs.

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Donations 15

In memory of my ancestor Alexander Gordon, who survived Durham, and of his namesake, my grandfather Gordon Corey, who died 22 October 2011.

Donation by Andrew Albers on 25/10/11

Great to see you are so far along the fundraising route. I shall think of you next time I pass it on the train. Good luck with the run.

Donation by Diana Murray on 30/09/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Hope you reach your target. Good luck!

Donation by James Leslie on 26/08/11

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

When I visit Durham Cathedral I hope to be able to see the plaque installed

Donation by Lynn Stewart on 11/08/11

£20.00

I knew of the Scots imprisoned at Durham after a visit there a few years ago. Nice that a memorial will be erected

Donation by Anonymous on 13/06/11

Better late than never

Donation by David Wilson on 13/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck! Proud to do my bit to remember these men.

Donation by Ute Penny on 13/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

All the best - Scotland deserves it

Donation by Paul Mclennan on 12/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck George

Donation by isobel gardiner on 27/05/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by george murray wilson on 19/05/11

Good Luck George!

Donation by Kirsty Grant on 16/05/11

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Here's a donation in memory of my immigrant ancestor, John Hamilton; he survived the Battle of Dunbar, forced march and Durham Cathedral at age 17!

Donation by Teresa Rust on 15/05/11

I hope this helps George. Our Ancestors deserve it.

Donation by Ray Rolla McCall on 17/01/11

£600.00

Hi George, Very Happy to help with your untiring work on this project. Best Regards,

Donation by Robert Southward on 09/01/11

£100.00

Donation by Alexander Hay on 08/01/11

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,010.00
  • Offline donations£540.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,550.00
  • Gift Aid£65.80

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