The Covenanters’ Prison, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh – SFH046

The Covenanters’ Prison, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh – SFH046

Matthew Vogan explains a little of the history of two of the buildings in Greyfriars Kirkyard; the Covenanters’ Prison and the mausoleum for George Mackenzie.  “Bluidy Mackenzie,” as the Lord Advocate during the rule of Charles II, was responsible for much of the persecution and execution of the Covenanters.

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John Law on the Bass Rock – Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh – SFH045

John Law on the Bass Rock – Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh – SFH045

In Greyfriars Kiryard in Edinburgh, there’s a memorial to a little known minister called John Law and his wife, Isabella Cuninghame. The inscription reads:

“To the memory of his most excellent parents Mr JOHN LAW, a most prudent and vigilant pastor of the Church at Edinburgh, distinguished by his zeal for pure religion, and his unfeigned piety; and ISABELLA CUNNINGHAME, his affectionate wife, noted for true holiness, and the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, who, pressing towards the joys of eternal life, laid aside mortality, the former on the 26th December A.D. 1712, his 80th year; the latter on the 8th November A.D. 1703, in her 70th year. This monument was dedicated by William Law, their son.”

Matthew Vogan explains more.

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Magdalen Chapel, Edinburgh

Magdalen Chapel, Edinburgh

One of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh, the Magdalen Chapel was built in 1541 and has the oldest surviving stained glass in Scotland. It was the location for the first ever General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the building played a significant, if somewhat sombre role during the Covenanter era.  Matthew Vogan explains more.  (8m 38s)

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