Banished to Carolina – Andrew Buchanan of Kippen –  SFH064

Banished to Carolina – Andrew Buchanan of Kippen – SFH064

“Pray in earnest” said Donald Cargill to two young lads, “you have a sharp storm to meet with, and many strange faces to see, and your bones shall lie in a strange land”. After a few years these words were exactly fulfilled as they found themselves banished to Carolina along with other Covenanters. We trace their journey together with others, especially Andrew Buchanan and his poignant letters to his wife and family left behind.

Royal statues, Slavery and Persecution – John Mathieson, Closeburn – SFH063

Royal statues, Slavery and Persecution – John Mathieson, Closeburn – SFH063

While Charles II and James II were enslaving Africans for the plantations they were also involved in enslaving some of their own people for the same purpose. In this episode, we follow the eventful history of one ordinary man who was caught up in it, John Mathieson of Closeburn near Dumfries.

 

George Brysson’s Jeopardy – Rosewell, Midlothian –  SFH062

George Brysson’s Jeopardy – Rosewell, Midlothian – SFH062

Living and hiding in the vicinity of Roslin Glen, George Brysson tells his own story of being hunted by government soldiers. “From one concealment to another he had to flee, making his way gradually back to the familiar homestead. Sometimes he slept in the wood beside the house, sometimes under the ripening corn; sometimes he would venture for a night into his own bed…George Brysson ran perilous risks so long as he lingered near the Midlothian home” says Alexander Smellie. In this episode we get a brief glimpse of some of his experiences. (The main photograph is of the woods in Roslin Glen close to his home).

 

 

 

 

Trembling for the Gospel More than Prison – Edmund Calamy – SFH061

Trembling for the Gospel More than Prison – Edmund Calamy – SFH061

What message should you give when you will be imprisoned for preaching? A giant of the Westminster Assembly—helping to prepare the Catechism—Edmund Calamy lived  to see days of peril for the gospel. Preaching illegally would put him in prison, but he had an urgent message for the Church. Find out how this aged minister pours out his sorrowful concern with wise counsel. You can read the full sermon in Sermons of the Great Ejection, published by the Banner of Truth Trust.

 

Wise Words in a Time of Trouble – Archibald Skeldie, Edinburgh – SFH060

Wise Words in a Time of Trouble – Archibald Skeldie, Edinburgh – SFH060

As war and pestilence marched unstoppably towards Edinburgh in 1645, there was every reason to fear. It needed the courage of the blind preacher, Archibald Skeldie to speak wise and timely words in this critical moment. What could he say that would strengthen and counsel the people in their time of need? We find out more about the man, the context and his message in this episode.

The Tragedy of James Tinto – Temple, Midlothian – SFH059

The Tragedy of James Tinto – Temple, Midlothian – SFH059

The pretty village of Temple and its surrounding farms provided another centre of Covenanter activity in Midlothian. We know rather little about the Covenanters of this parish, their experiences and backgrounds. In a few cases we only have a name but we are in fact able to trace something of the tragic story of one Temple man named James Tinto. (Please don’t travel to the village during the Covid-19 crisis)