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A DISCOURSE

ON

SCOTTISH CHURCH HISTORY

“ Non ita certandi cupidus quàm propter amorem
Quòd te imitari aveo.”

- LUCRET.

“Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.”

ON

SCOTTISH CHURCH HISTORY

FROM THE REFORMATION TO THE

PRESENT TIME

WITH PREFATORY REMARKS ON THE S. GILES'S LECTURES,

AND APPENDIX OF NOTES AND REFERENCES

BY

CHARLES WORDSWORTH, D.C.L.

BISHOP OF S. ANDREWS

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS
EDINBURGH AND LONDON

MDCCCLXXXI

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The Discourse which follows the Prefatory Remarks on the S. Giles's Lectures, was delivered in S. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, on invitation of the Bishop, Dean, and Chapter : the First Part on Sunday evening, May 8; the Second Part on the following Sunday evening, May 15, 1881.

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PREFATORY REMARKS

ON

THE S. GILES’S LECTURES.

It is well known that during the last six months, twelve Lectures upon Scottish Church History have been delivered fortnightly—first in Edinburgh, and afterwards in Glasgow

—and subsequently published in succession, by twelve eminent clergymen of the Established Church. The undertaking, wise and judicious in itself, and for the most part executed in a corresponding manner, could not fail to excite very general interest.

Reading the Lectures, one after another, with the attention due alike to the character of the authors, and the importance of their subjects

First, we see lucidly set before us what Scotland gained by its conversion from heathenism to Christianity

Lect. 1). we follow the further gained s. Ninian, Targaret

Next, we follow the graphic sketches which represent to us what our country further gained from the devoted lives, and divinely assisted labours, of S. Ninian, S. Columba, S. Kentigern, and of our saintly Queen Margaret (Lect. 2).

Next, we mark the transition from the independent Celtic to the medieval Romanising Church, with the in

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