Argylls in Jerusalem

Pray that Jerusalem may have peace and felicity: let them that love you and your peace still have prosperity. First verse of Hymn 82 in Church Hymnary, 4th ed.; Psalm 122 is invariably sung annually at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland at Edinburgh.

Band and Statues of Icolmkill

[T]he first of a succession of measures taken by the Scottish government specifically aimed at the extirpation of the Gaelic language, the destruction of its traditional culture and the suppression of its bearers. Gaelic: A Past and Future Prospect. MacKinnon, Kenneth. The Saltire Society 1991, Edinburgh. Whoever would understand one of the most important transactions […]

Our Royall Prerogative

INSTRUCTIONS FROM HIS SACRED MAJESTY TO THE ARCHBISHOPS AND BISHOPS OF SCOTLAND. CHARLES REX. That you advert that the Proclamation authorizing their Service Book derogate nothing from our Royall prerogative. That in the Kalendar you keep such Catholick Saints as are in the English; that you pester it not with too many; but such as […]

A Pacific Temper and a Moderate Mind

This posthumous work [Considerationes Modestae et Pacificae Controversiarum de Justificatione, Purgatorio, Invocatione Sanctorum Christo Mediatore, et Eucharistia] is a signal specimen and proof of a pacific temper, and a moderate mind: wherein, like a second Cassander and catholic moderator, he endeavours to compose, or at least to mitigate, the rigid and austere opinions, in certain points […]

Hae Ye Really Left the Guid Cause, and Turned Prelate?

When the Rev. Mr. Cowper [one of the ministers of Perth] was made Bishop of Galloway, an old woman, who had been one of his parishioners at Perth, and a favourite, could not be persuaded that her minister had deserted the Presbyterian cause, and resolved to satisfy herself. She paid him a visit in the […]

The Five Articles of Perth

That the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper should be received kneeling, and not in a sitting posture, as hitherto. That the communion might, in extreme cases, or to sick persons desiring it, be administered in private. That baptism also might, when deemed necessary, be privately administered. That children, or young persons, should be confirmed by […]

St. Mungo’s Cathedral

When Thomas J. Cardinal Winning, a leading cleric of the Catholic Church in Scotland, was asked in an interview whether given the chance he would repossess St. Mungo’s Cathedral for the Catholic Church once again through the European Court, he replied “No, no, no. The Catholic Church doesn’t buy stolen goods.” It has actually come to […]

Reason and Truth Will Prevail

The religion of the Islands is that of the Kirk of Scotland. The gentlemen with whom I conversed are all inclined to the English liturgy; but they are obliged to maintain the established Minister, and the country is too poor to afford payment to another, who must live wholly on the contribution of his audience. […]