Journey with Reformation Scotland's Matthew Vogan to the places where Scotland's Forgotten History happened. Discover the stories of how the Church in Scotland was led to a more extensive reformation according to God’s Word. Learn about the people God used to bring a spiritual revival that transformed an entire nation. Hear how they dealt with the repression, heavy fines, imprisonment and execution that took place during the time of Scotland’s Greatest Persecution. And discover the surprising and hard hitting lessons for the future that we can learn from the legacy they left behind for us today.
“Bringing these persecuted preachings to Lothian” – James Currie and the Moorfoot Conventicles- SFH082
We are at the remote spot near Mauldslie, close to Gladhouse Reservoir with the Moorfoot Hills as a backdrop. During the first half of 1679 field meetings were held here on the boundary of the Borders and Midlothian. It was a brief window of powerful preaching. James Currie tells us of the dramatic and lasting impact and how they managed to escape being disrupted.
The Man Behind the Memorial – James Currie of Pentland – SFH081
If you have ever viewed and appreciated the Covenanter Martyrs Memorial at Greyfriars Churchyard in Edinburgh, you have James Currie to thank. It is said that Currie indeed sculpted the panel for the memorial himself. But who was he? He himself had experiences of suffering that he could relate and he was a close associate of leading Covenanters. His wife Helen Alexander was another noted Covenanter and the mother of the girl who organised the Children's Covenant.
“If I should die among the snow” – a Winter Conventicle, Closeburn – SFH080
We might easily be tempted to romanticise conventicles in the time of snow. In later times poems were written of how "all around the snow was falling, yet there they held their place". The hardship was, however, acute. Such weather also certainly added to the dangers they faced yet people still gathered. We follow the account of one conventicle held during thick snow in the area surrounding Closeburn, near Dumfries to find out more about what they faced.
“Send me where you please” – David Dickson, Turriff – SFH079
In the small town of Turriff in Aberdeenshire you can still see the bell that tolled for people to come to worship and hear David Dickson’s sermons. But Dickson was not there voluntarily, he had been banished as a civil punishment. Why was this and what can we still learn from this episode?
An Echo from 1592, a Year of Liberty for the Church – SFH078
Sometimes a date or an event from Scotland’s Forgotten History crops up unexpectedly in current affairs. In this episode we consider such an echo from 1592, a year of liberty for the Church. What was the Golden Act and how can a simple piece of legislation have such abiding significance in the history of Scotland?
Gabriel Semple’s Prison Prayer – Canongate Tolbooth – SFH077
The field preacher Gabriel Semple was incarcerated in the Canongate Tolbooth in 1681. But it was only a brief interlude in a long history of preaching despite persecution. We find out how his experience here fits into the rest of that eventful life of being hunted down with a large price on his head. "What does it matter" he once asked, "how long we suffer in the furnace if [it is] with the company of the Son of God?"
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Scotland’s forgotten history
Well presented and excellent narrative by host Mathew Vogan A must for those who are interested in the Covenanters. Love the the signature music anyone know what it is