Thomas Watson – St Stephen’s Walbrook, London – SFH052

Thomas Watson – St Stephen’s Walbrook, London – SFH052

Thomas Watson was the vicar of St. Stephen’s Walbrook in the city of London.  He showed strong Presbyterian views during the English civil war and was ejected from his parish for Nonconformity.  But what is his relationship to Scotland’s Forgotten History?  Matthew Vogan explains more.

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Rev Thomas Hogg of Kiltearn – Evanton, nr Dingwall – SFH051

Rev Thomas Hogg of Kiltearn – Evanton, nr Dingwall – SFH051

The Rev Thomas Hogg of Kiltearn was born in Tain in 1628. He was ordained minister of Kiltearn in 1654; deposed as a Protester in 1661 and ejected from his church in 1662.  He was a noted field preacher, who ended up being imprisoned several times, including on the Bass Rock, before being banished from Scotland and escaping to Holland.

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Chamberlain Road, Edinburgh – The Apothecary & The Plague – John Livingstone’s Tombstone – SFH050

Chamberlain Road, Edinburgh – The Apothecary & The Plague – John Livingstone’s Tombstone – SFH050

“Mors Patet, Hora Latet.”  So reads the Latin inscription on a small mausoleum wall at 1 Chamberlain Road, Edinburgh. “Death is sure, the hour is obscure.”

It’s the mausoleum of an apothecary called John Livingstone (The crest on the gravestone is the Livingstone crest) who died in 1645, likely as a result of the plague that swept through the city killed up to half the population.  The other inscription on the gravestone still speaks to us today about how to live amidst a time of pandemic disease and fears.

“This saint, whose corpse lies buried here,

Let all posterity admire

For upright life in godly fear.

 

When judgments did this land surround

He, with God, was walking found

For which, from midst of fears, he’s crowned.

 

Here to be interred both he

And friends by providence agree

No age shall lose his memory.

His age 53

Died 1645

For more information about this location, visit Historic Environment Scotland’s website.

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Alexander Brodie of Lethen and the Ardclach Bell Tower, Nairn – SFH049

Alexander Brodie of Lethen and the Ardclach Bell Tower, Nairn – SFH049

Alexander Brodie of Lethen was a Covenanter from the North of Scotland.  Matthew Vogan records this episode at the Ardclach Bell Tower, less than 10 miles south east of Nairn.  Built in 1655, probably as a watchtower, after Brodie’s estates had been attacked by Montrose the year before.

You can find more details on the Historic Environment Scotland website.

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Samuel Rutherford & St Antholin’s Church, London

Samuel Rutherford & St Antholin’s Church, London

Samuel Rutherford was able to lift his own and the eyes of believers above difficult events that troubled them. He pointed them to the majestic heavenly glories of the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew Vogan relates details of some of the sermons Samuel Rutherford preached at St Antholin’s in London.

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Sir William Bruce & Kinross House – SFH047

Sir William Bruce & Kinross House – SFH047

Sir William Bruce of Kinross was the Scottish ‘Sir Christopher Wren’. This great architect designed some of the finest classical buildings in Scotland like Holyrood Palace, Thirlestane Castle and Prestonfield House. Yet the story of his own magnificent home on the Loch Leven estate holds a dark secret.  Matthew Vogan is at Kinross House to explain more.

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