The Pagie Walk
“For man’s inhumanity gein untae himsel,
There’s a watter sae bricht an pure,
For auld Pagie’s Burn, hauds secure wi’in,
A guid Ner’erday hangover cuir!”
On January 2 every year a selection of hardy Douglas folk ascend the Pagie Hill (which overlooks the village) where a spring of fresh water babbles into a wee burn. Rejuvenated by the healing elixir of the burn, the walkers soon forget the Hogmanay hangover effects and descend back into Douglas ready to take on the year ahead.
A monument now stands which enshrines in stone a commemoration to all those past Pagie walkers who are no longer with us.
For a good idea of what this traditional celebration entails take a look at the community council’s webpage: http://www.community-council.org.uk/douglas/index.asp?pageid=990
On the Sunday closest to the 14th of May each year the Former Cameronians and the people of Clydesdale come to Douglas to remember the Cameronian Regiment which was raised in this valley in 1689 and was disbanded here in 1968. The day begins with a Church service followed by a march to the Cameronian Monument in the nearby grounds where a conventicle is held.
Douglas Gala Day
On the 4th Saturday of every June Douglas folk celebrate the Gala Day which brings to a close the Gala week. A full day of revelry with a parade of floats, lots of decorations, and plenty of merrymaking. The Gala Day has a facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Douglas-GALA-DAY-Lanark-144301489010854/