“If I should die among the snow” – a Winter Conventicle, Closeburn – SFH080

“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

“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

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

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?”

                 

 

Conscience, Obedience and an Unwanted Government – Dalkeith Palace – SFH076

Conscience, Obedience and an Unwanted Government – Dalkeith Palace – SFH076

Politics and government often present complex realities. How do you face a turbulent political situation and an unwanted regime with conscience and principle? We visit the Scottish headquarters of Oliver Cromwell’s regime to consider how Covenanters decided to respond to it. There was much soul searching about the appropriate conscientious obedience they could offer. Was it right to submit to an invading power? Could they preserve principles intact while being peaceable citizens who respected authority? Discover some of their answers in this debate about authority, power and obedience.

This episode made use of historical research by Calum Summerill Wright, Scott Spurlock and John Coffey. 

 

Shot Dead at an “Illegal” Service – James Davie of Bathgate – SFH075

Shot Dead at an “Illegal” Service – James Davie of Bathgate – SFH075

The grave of a Covenanter can be found at the ruined Old Parish Church in Bathgate. We know very little about James Davie except that he lost his life for the sake of hearing the gospel preached. Let’s discover what we do know about the circumstances surrounding his death and reflect on what we can learn.

Credit: Photograph of grave by Bob Nevada and of Old Parish Church by Semiaza.