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Presbyterian governances in practice: Monymusk 1790–1825

Presbyterian governances in practice: Monymusk 1790–1825 Presbyterian governance in practice: Monymusk 1790–1825 ALISTAIR MUTCH Introduction In the years 1794 to 1825 a case concerning the Aberdeenshire parish of Monymusk wound its way through the labyrinthine processes of the Court of Session. Contending claims to the benefits of Lord Cullen’s Mortification lay at its heart. Lord Cullen expected that ‘the exact discipline of Presbyteries over ministers in what relates to religious ends’ would ensure that the terms of his bequest were carried out when he established his charitable bequest in 1713. His legal expertise, however, failed to anticipate how his wishes might be put into practice, resulting in conflicting interpretations that provoked the court case. The case provides a window into the tensions at the heart of the system of governance of the Church of Scotland because it involved all the players, from the kirk session to the General Assembly. This was a system with the claim to My thanks to Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk for his permission to use the Grant of Monymusk estate papers and for his helpful advice. I also wish to acknowledge the help of members of staff at the National Records of Scotland. National Records of Scotland (NRS), GD240/15/1, Court http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scottish Church History Edinburgh University Press

Presbyterian governances in practice: Monymusk 1790–1825

Scottish Church History , Volume 42 (1): 34 – Jun 1, 2013

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Edinburgh University Press
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2516-6298
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Presbyterian governance in practice: Monymusk 1790–1825 ALISTAIR MUTCH Introduction In the years 1794 to 1825 a case concerning the Aberdeenshire parish of Monymusk wound its way through the labyrinthine processes of the Court of Session. Contending claims to the benefits of Lord Cullen’s Mortification lay at its heart. Lord Cullen expected that ‘the exact discipline of Presbyteries over ministers in what relates to religious ends’ would ensure that the terms of his bequest were carried out when he established his charitable bequest in 1713. His legal expertise, however, failed to anticipate how his wishes might be put into practice, resulting in conflicting interpretations that provoked the court case. The case provides a window into the tensions at the heart of the system of governance of the Church of Scotland because it involved all the players, from the kirk session to the General Assembly. This was a system with the claim to My thanks to Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk for his permission to use the Grant of Monymusk estate papers and for his helpful advice. I also wish to acknowledge the help of members of staff at the National Records of Scotland. National Records of Scotland (NRS), GD240/15/1, Court

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Scottish Church HistoryEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2013

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