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‘Upon the Watchtower of This Church’: The Commission of the General Assembly

Jeffrey Stephen

in Scottish Presbyterians and the Act of Union 1707

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625055
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653423 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625055.003.0003
‘Upon the Watchtower of This Church’: The Commission of the General Assembly

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This chapter discusses the efforts of the Commission to obtain further securities for the Presbyterian Church in the event of a union. It reports behind-the-scenes lobbying of members of parliament; instructions to Thomas Linning, Robert Wodrow, and William Thomson to speak to the Earls of Glencairn, Hopetoun and Islay, Lords Cranston, Semple, Torpichen, and Viscount Duplin; and instructions to lobby the shire and burgh representatives from their respective presbyteries and any other representative with whom they were acquainted. It examines the four addresses presented to the British Parliament that urged members to grant the church, as articles in the treaty, the concessions it sought for its further security. It observes that the political neutrality and ecclesiastical self-interest of the Commission were evident in the four addresses it presented to parliament.

Keywords: Presbyterian Church; union; members of parliament; British Parliament; treaty

Chapter.  12077 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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