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The Scottish character and identity of the Presbyterian tradition in New Zealand: from almost pervasive to barely remembered

The Scottish character and identity of the Presbyterian tradition in New Zealand: from almost... The Scottish character and identity of the Presbyterian tradition in New Zealand: from almost pervasive to barely remembered Stuart Lange The Scottish influence on New Zealand has been substantial. To a very significant extent that Scottish influence was mediated through Scottish presbyterianism, the church tradition with which the majority of Scottish immigrants to New Zealand were in some way associated. As Scottish presbyterian migrants became established in New Zealand, their identities and loyalties – and those of their descendants – inevitably underwent many transitions. This chapter explores the Scottish character and identity of the presbyterian churches in New Zealand, from early colonial days to the present. New Zealand and Scottishness The Scottish contribution to New Zealand society as a whole has sometimes been overlooked, and subsumed under wider ‘British’ influence, in which English people played the main part and Scottish people played merely a minor part. In 1959, for instance, a highly- influential Penguin history of New Zealand by Keith Sinclair did not even include Scotland in its index. On the other hand, eminent New Zealand historian Professor James Belich has more recently claimed that there is ‘probably’ no country in the world more influenced by Scotland than New http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scottish Church History Edinburgh University Press

The Scottish character and identity of the Presbyterian tradition in New Zealand: from almost pervasive to barely remembered

Scottish Church History , Volume 45 (1): 15 – Jun 1, 2016

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Edinburgh University Press
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2516-6298
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2516-6301
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10.3366/sch.2016.0009
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The Scottish character and identity of the Presbyterian tradition in New Zealand: from almost pervasive to barely remembered Stuart Lange The Scottish influence on New Zealand has been substantial. To a very significant extent that Scottish influence was mediated through Scottish presbyterianism, the church tradition with which the majority of Scottish immigrants to New Zealand were in some way associated. As Scottish presbyterian migrants became established in New Zealand, their identities and loyalties – and those of their descendants – inevitably underwent many transitions. This chapter explores the Scottish character and identity of the presbyterian churches in New Zealand, from early colonial days to the present. New Zealand and Scottishness The Scottish contribution to New Zealand society as a whole has sometimes been overlooked, and subsumed under wider ‘British’ influence, in which English people played the main part and Scottish people played merely a minor part. In 1959, for instance, a highly- influential Penguin history of New Zealand by Keith Sinclair did not even include Scotland in its index. On the other hand, eminent New Zealand historian Professor James Belich has more recently claimed that there is ‘probably’ no country in the world more influenced by Scotland than New

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Scottish Church HistoryEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2016

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