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In 1843, the established Church of Scotland was broken up by the Disruption, as nearly a third of the ministers and perhaps half the lay adherents left to form the new Free Church. Many predicted the ‘remnant’ established church would not long survive. This article explores the remarkable...
The context of a significant eighteenth century court case involving the minister, session and heritors of the East Lothian parish of Humbie is reviewed using a range of documentation. Although the case has been seen as a significant one in the development of poor relief, the history of the...
From the mid-eighteenth century Episcopalianism experienced a remarkable resurgence, reflected in membership, church building and – equally – the development of distinctive liturgical and aesthetic traditions. This article explores the influences of Tractarianism, Romanticism and the gothic...
This article explores representations of ‘popery’ compiled by the Presbyterian Church of Scotland between 1690 and 1714. The ‘increase of popery’ was a ubiquitous phrase in this period. Synods and presbyteries regularly complained of Catholic encroachments in their parishes, and sent extensive...
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