Knox’s ‘First Blast’ to be displayed at the National Library

A famous historic work by John Knox will go on display tomorrow at the National Library of Scotland, along with other exhibits to mark the 450th anniversary of the reformation. The first edition of The First Blast of the Trumpet, published in 1558, was a controversial work in which Knox argued that the Bible said […]

Cornton Vale history told in book

A new book on the origins of Cornton Vale is to be published. ‘A Century of Cornton Vale: Men’s Colony, Borstal and Women’s Prison’ tells the story of the institution’s development over the years. The land around Cornton Vale was originally a 30-acre farm. The Church of Scotland established a garden colony between 1907 and […]

Funds sought to put new roof on historic Fogo Kirk

Historic Fogo Kirk is in urgent need or repair and parishioners are now being asked to help. The kirk has been designated by Historic Scotland as a List ‘A’ historic building, both for the exterior and interior. There was probably a wooden church at Fogo from the 7th or 8th century and part of the […]

Benedict XVI should address the papacy’s treatment of Robert the Bruce

The papal visit to Scotland is a month away, but already the question has been asked: will Pope Benedict mention the papacy’s treatment of Robert the Bruce? This was nearly seven centuries ago, writes Jill, Duchess of Hamilton, but Scotland would not exist as an independent country if Robert, the hero-king, had not dared to […]

Far north brothers who put Scotland on map remembered

Two brothers who literally put Scotland on the map will be remembered at a special church service in Caithness this weekend. The local and national legacy left by Timothy and Zachary Pont will be recalled at the service in Dunnet Church to mark the 450th anniversary of the Reformation. Both brothers were ministers in the […]

Scotland's saints begged to perform miracles for tourism

Scotland’s saints, whose miracles include raising the dead, curing the mad and even saving a queen from execution, could now be asked to perform another miracle – boosting the country’s tourist trade. The Church of Scotland has suggested harnessing the religious significance and fascinating history of the Scottish saints to attract a new wave of […]

Irvine man restores Convenanter monument at Old Parish Church

Irvine’s Andrew Blakely is an active member of the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association. Part of this member’s involvement sees him preserve graves and memorials of the Covenanters who were persecuted for their religious beliefs during the 17th century. And his latest project was restoring a martyrs’ monument in Irvine’s Old Parish Church. He spent weeks […]

Early book satchels used by monks go on display

Experts have reconstructed satchels that would have been used by monks bringing Christianity to Scotland. The leather book satchels, which have gone on display in Edinburgh, are part of a three-year research project into early Scottish history. The designs were inspired by evidence gleaned from early archaeological remains, poetry and sculptured stones. The two bags […]

Fund-raising appeal to rejuvenate Knox kirk

It is one of Scotland’s most historic churches, where John Knox preached the fiery sermon against idolatry that helped spark the Scottish Reformation. Now plans have been announced for the final phase of a fund-raising drive to secure a future for St John’s Kirk, the oldest standing building in Perth and one of the most […]

Cardinal to preach at Luss

Sunday will be a very historic day in a year of historic days at Luss. His Eminence Cardinal Keith O’Brien, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, will be the guest preacher at Luss Parish Church which is celebrating 1,500 years of Christian worship at the […]

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