The Minutes of the Synod of Lothian and Tweeddale, 1648-1659
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470 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

1 line. Illustrations

Series: Scottish History Society 6th Series

Imprint: Scottish History Society

The Minutes of the Synod of Lothian and Tweeddale, 1648-1659

Edited by Chris R. Langley

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Edition of the minutes of one of the most important ecclesiastical bodies in Scotland shows their response to Cromwell's invasion.
In the summer of 1650, an English army led by Oliver Cromwell crossed the River Tweed and invaded Scotland. Within less than a year, Edinburgh had fallen to the invading force and Presbyterian ministers across the Central Belt either fled to safer ground or remained to preach against Cromwell's agenda. The invasion brought with it ideas of a new religious settlement, a reorganisation of the civil administration of Scotland and a large body of men that needed housing, food and discipline.
The Synod of Lothian and Tweeddale was one of the most senior ecclesiastical meetings in Scotland to face the English invasion. The meticulous record keeping of its scribes allows an insight into the local response, showing the complexity and negotiation of ecclesiastical government in wartime. The Synod took on a new significance during the 1650s by marshaling the national response to the English invasion, organisingcharitable events for those captured abroad and ensuring that ministers across the region maintained orthodoxy in such a difficult time.
The minutes, previously scattered, are painstakingly stitched together in this volume, and are presented with full introduction and explanatory notes.

Christopher R. Langley is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British History at Newman University, Birmingham.
Introduction
Editorial Principles
November 1649
May 1650
November 1651
November 1652
May 1653
May 1654
May 1655
November 1655
May 1656
November 1656
May 1657
November 1657
May 1658
November 1658
May 1659

CHRIS R. LANGLEY is Reader in Early Modern History at Newman University, Birmingham.

"The editor has done an excellent job in bringing these records together, editing them, and giving guidance in how to approach them. . . . For compiling these and bringing them to publication, the editor is to be thanked." SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL

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August 2016

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Title Details

470 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

1 line. Illustrations

Series: Scottish History Society 6th Series

Imprint: Scottish History Society