The Scottish Reformation
ca 1525 – 1690.  Index.

The following pages about
the early part of the Scottish Reformation are necessarily brief; it would
require very many  more pages to tell the story in full. I hope,
nevertheless, that they suffice to interest you in this fascinating period
of Scottish history in which case my book “A Layman`s Guide to the
Scottish Reformation”
will provide much more detail.

The Reformation story begins with the contentious and unacceptable behaviour of the late medieval Catholic church,
followed by the emergence of Protestant evangelism, John Knox and Presbytery. It continues with the
Covenanters through to the Glorious Revolution in 1688 (accession of
William & Mary), when the Presbyterian Church
of Scotland was
finally established by law in

NOTE: Until the end of the
16th century the Scottish year  began on the 25th of March. Some year
dates are shown eg 1591/2 indicating that the event took place in 1591 by
the Scottish Calendar but we would recognise as being after 1 January
1592. See Double Dates in Scotland for a
detailed explanation, and date changes in the rest of Britain.

A substantial Glossary of 17C Scots usage is

Scotland in the 16th century, background note
Freemen,burgesses:craftsmen and merchants.
The people on the eve of the Reformation.

Overview of the Reformation.
Early christianity.
christianity – a note only.
Scottish and Pictish Kings 330 BC – 1567 AD.
Popes from 41 AD – 1846.
The monasteries in Scotland.
The monasteries, their role; an overview from The Monasticon; Rev J F S Gordon DD (1868).
Monastic Officers, ranks and duties.
Monastic buildings.
Monastic Orders.

Religious houses on
the eve of the Reformation (list).
The monasteries
and the people of Scotland.
Emerging Protestant evangelism
Reformation in Europe.
The Lollards in
Lollards in Scotland.
`Sir` priest, and
academic titles.
Burning at the
Hamilton. 1528.
  and his  “Mr Patrick`s Places.”
Alexander  Ales
or Alesius.
Henry Forrest
David Straiton
and Norman Gourlay 1534.
Forrest, Vicar of Dollar, and the Stirling Martyrs, 1538.
Jerome Russell
and Alexander (Ninian) Kennedy, 1539.
The Perth
Martyrs 1544.
George Wishart
Cardinal David Beaton.
Reform of the religion.
Knox, his
formative years.
Knox in
Knox in the
crucial years 1556 -1560
The First Blast
of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women.
The Doctrine of
Knox (in brief)
and his Appellation.
The First
Covenant 1557.
John Erskine of
Walter Mill or
Mylne, 1558
The Beggars Warning.
Events of May – June 1559; rabbling of the churches and monasteries.
Perth and the rabblings – per The Scotichronicon.
Letter of the Congregation 22 May 1559 to the Queen Regent, Mary of Guise.                      
Events of July – October 1559.
Act of Suspension ( of Mary of Guise as Regent).
Events of November 1559 – July 1560,
Treaty of Berwick, 27 Feb 1560.
John Knox and
Mary of Guise.
Proceedings of
Parliament August 1560 ( per Knox`s own account)
An independent view of Parliament`s proceedings by the English ambassador.
Act Abolishing
the Jurisdiction of the Pope.
Act Abolishing
the Mass.
The Catholic Church in Scotland 1560 -1690, overview.
Catholic Missionaries in Scotland. Annual Lists, 1653-1741.
contemporary account of the proceedings of Parliament approving the
Reformation. Letter dated 19 August 1560.
The Six Johns.
A period of relative
Holland`s role – a refuge
for the persecuted.
Witchcraft and
the Reformation
Significant persons and events.
James Stuart,
Lord James.
James Stuart,
Earl of Moray, the Good Regent.
Mary, Queen of
The murders of
David Riccio (or Rizzio) and Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley
Carberry Hill.
15 June 1567.
May 1568.

The Ruthven Raid, 22 Aug 1582.
Queen Elizabeth`s warning
letter of February 1589.

The Gowrie Conspiracy  August 1600.
James VI , King
of Scotland 1567 – 1603
James VI, also James
I of Great Britain 1603-1625.
 Scottish aspects are continued  in the Covenanters

18 July 2011