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Clergy Widows in Early Modern Scotland

Clergy Widows in Early Modern Scotland This article explores the way that widows of Scottish ministers negotiated the legal structure of the Presbyterian church courts in the seventeenth century. Making extensive use of presbytery records it locates clerical widows in relation to their kin and community networks and explores their ability to assert rights established in civil and ecclesiastical laws. This offers important insights into the experience of women, and particularly the widows of ministers, within the structures of church governance in early modern Scotland. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scottish Church History Edinburgh University Press

Clergy Widows in Early Modern Scotland

Scottish Church History , Volume 51 (2): 22 – Oct 1, 2022

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Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
ISSN
2516-6298
eISSN
2516-6301
DOI
10.3366/sch.2022.0073
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Abstract

This article explores the way that widows of Scottish ministers negotiated the legal structure of the Presbyterian church courts in the seventeenth century. Making extensive use of presbytery records it locates clerical widows in relation to their kin and community networks and explores their ability to assert rights established in civil and ecclesiastical laws. This offers important insights into the experience of women, and particularly the widows of ministers, within the structures of church governance in early modern Scotland.

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Scottish Church HistoryEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2022

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