Presbyteries and Parishes: Addressing Against Union

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:
Presbyteries and Parishes: Addressing Against Union

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This chapter discusses the addresses against union by presbyteries and parishes that indicated the strength of church opposition to union. It notes that brief generalisations about this opposition have given the impression that it was widespread when in fact it was extremely limited and the numbers small. It further notes that of the sixty-eight presbyteries in the church, only three addressed parliament: Lanark, on 18 November, and Dunblane and Hamilton on 11 December, which amounted to only 5 per cent of the total. It adds that only sixty-three parishes addressed parliament, which represented about 5 per cent of all the parishes in Scotland. It notes that the total number of parochial addresses was thirty-five, nine of which were from more than one parish — the sixty-three parishes came from thirteen presbyteries that addressed parliament.

Keywords: union; presbyteries; parishes; parliament; Lanark; Dunblane; Hamilton; Scotland

Chapter.  13074 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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