Tulchan Bishops

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A term contemptuously applied to the titular bishops introduced into the Reformed Church of Scotland after a concordat in the Assembly of Leith (1572). It derives from the Gaelic tulachan, ‘little hillock’, used to describe the device of stuffing a calf's skin with straw to deceive a cow into giving milk: a reference to the bishops' diversion of revenues.

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