‘That God may Mercifully Bring Good out of that 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:
‘That God may Mercifully Bring Good out of that Union’

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This chapter discusses the acceptance of the reality of union which was reflected in the instructions from the Presbytery of Brechin. It reports that the Presbytery wanted the assembly to open up correspondence with their Presbyterian brethren in England in the interests of the gospel. It notes however, that forming alliances with English Presbyterians had historical precedents and can be seen as a step taken in the interests of the church's security. It observes that the prevailing attitude at the assembly appeared to have been that expressed by the Synod Galloway in an act for a fast on 20 May 1707, that ‘God may mercifully bring good out of that union to the glory of his name, to the good of his church and the well of Brittain’.

Keywords: union; Presbytery of Brechin; England; gospel; English Presbyterians; Synod Galloway; fast

Chapter.  5350 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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