Clan, King and Covenant: History of the Highland Clans from by John L Roberts

By John L Roberts

Extended family, King and Covenant explores the turbulent heritage of the Highlands through the 17th century. The signing of the nationwide Covenant in 1638 first challenged the powers of Charles I in Scotland, however it used to be merely whilst Alisdair MacDonald joined Montrose in elevating the Royalist clans that the rustic erupted into civil conflict. imperative to the clash was once the traditional enmity among the MacDonalds and the Campbells, Earls of Argyll, as extended family Donald tried to reclaim their ancestral lands in Argyll. There a whirlwind yr of outstanding victories for Montrose within the identify of the King because the Highland clans emerged upon the nationwide degree, prior to his crusade subsided into eventual defeat. but it was once simply after the recovery of Charles II sour and chronic fight broke out among Church and Crown, after Bishops have been reappointed to the nationwide Church. Political and non secular tensions fixed with the acession of James VII of Scotland (James II of britain) as a Catholic

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It condemned the Five Articles of Perth and the Book of Common Prayer, and then deposed all the bishops and archbishops of Scotland, excommunicating eight of their number. Ministers of religion were banned from all civil office, while kirk sessions, presbyteries, synods and general assemblies were established to form the basis for the future government of the Reformed Church of Scotland. Even so, it was not until the 1707 Act of Union with England that Presbyterianism was finally established in Scotland.

Even so, it was not until the 1707 Act of Union with England that Presbyterianism was finally established in Scotland. Support for the National Covenant But while the National Covenant had the character of a national movement, the Covenanters, as its supporters became known, did not have the support of the whole country. The Covenant was formally condemned by the Universities of Aberdeen and St Andrews. Many of the leading men in the far north of Scotland were only persuaded to put their names to the document by a meeting at Inverness on 25 April 1638, attended by John Gordon, thirteenth Earl of Sutherland.

The English Parliament was not prepared to provide the King with an army, which might be used against Parliament itself. In despair, the King turned to Scotland, where an army of 10,000 men was raised under the command of Major-General Robert Munro for service in Ulster. It had secured Antrim and County Down by the summer of 1642, but only after atrocities were committed by both sides. By then, however, the political and religious divisions within the country had brought England to the verge of civil war.

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