History

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 […]

Historic papers found under church floor

Historic documents which lift the lid on religious life in the Black Isle almost two centuries ago has been discovered under the floorboards of a church undergoing restoration. The papers uncovered from underneath the loft floor in the East Church in Cromarty during conservation work includes instructions to servants on serving God – and their […]

Church mission to be viewed through different prism 100 years on

There was only one black African and 19 Asians among more than 1000 delegates present 100 years ago at the historic World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh. The demographics of those present in early June for an event to mark the centenary of that conference, will, however, reflect more of where the centre of Christian gravity […]

Scottish Reformation crucial in country's history, says historian

Scottish historian and professor, Tom Devine, who is a Catholic, and Harry Reid, a former editor of a leading newspaper in the country, have described as "scandalous" the low-key way the 450th anniversary of the Reformation in Scotland is being marked in 2010 – writes Trevor Grundy. In an interview with ENInews, Devine, a professor […]

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