Covenant Close and the International Covenant – The Royal Mile, Edinburgh – SFH104

Covenant Close and the International Covenant – The Royal Mile, Edinburgh – SFH104

The Royal Mile was the trunk of Old Edinburgh with a large number of small alleyways called closes, courts or wynds branching off on each side. Most of the alleyways are called “closes” which tend to be narrow with tall buildings on both sides and access private property. They all have their own names. One of them is called Covenant Close and as you might have guessed there is a story behind this.

Newbattle Abbey and the International Covenant – Lothian Burial Ground, Newbattle Abbey – SFH103

Newbattle Abbey and the International Covenant – Lothian Burial Ground, Newbattle Abbey – SFH103

You would never realise that this neglected spot within the grounds of Newbattle Abbey witnessed considerable events of such historical significance. Our story weaves around Robert Leighton and the leading Covenanting noble the Earl of Lothian. But there are some other famous Covenanters that share some connection with the location too.

 

Explaining the International Covenant – SFH101

Explaining the International Covenant – SFH101

What exactly was the Solemn League and Covenant all about? Many people were asking this at the time of course. And some tried to help them with published explanations. In this episode we get an overview of the International Covenant and how it was applied by a leading member of the Westminster Assembly – Edmund Calamy.

 

“Honest Mr William Erskine” – Tron Church, Edinburgh – SFH100

“Honest Mr William Erskine” – Tron Church, Edinburgh – SFH100

Imprisoned (as he put it himself) “merely for preaching the Gospel, as he had received power from Christ”, William Erskine would certainly preach again to the benefit of many. His cousins Ralph and Ebenezer are better known but the little we can learn about “honest Mr William Erskine” gives evidence of a resolute Covenanter. We visit the building where he preached: Tron Church, Edinburgh, sadly no longer used as a church.

“So great an engagement, than which nothing is higher”: The International Covenant in England – SFH099

“So great an engagement, than which nothing is higher”: The International Covenant in England – SFH099

The International Covenant was enthusiastically welcomed and subscribed to in England as well as Scotland. The momentous day it was sworn first, 25 September 1643 was said to be “a day of contentment and joy.” Some said, “we judged the day of entering into this Covenant to be England’s coronation-day, as it was the day of the gladness of our hearts.” We find out more about the depth of commitment displayed at this time and the strong connections it brought between Scotland and England.