Controversial, learned and zealous – John Flint of Lasswade – SFH083

Controversial, learned and zealous – John Flint of Lasswade – SFH083

The long and interesting life of John Flint, encountered many notable theologians. Despite his initial promise and youthful mistakes he proved to be, as Robert Wodrow says, a pious, warm-hearted, useful minister that continued in his commitment to the values of the Covenanters. We visit Lasswade Old Kirk to talk more about this lesser known Covenanting preacher.

“Bringing these persecuted preachings to Lothian” – James Currie and the Moorfoot Conventicles- SFH082

“Bringing these persecuted preachings to Lothian” – James Currie and the Moorfoot Conventicles- SFH082

We are at the remote spot near Mauldslie, close to Gladhouse Reservoir with the Moorfoot Hills as a backdrop. During the first half of 1679 field meetings were held here on the boundary of the Borders and Midlothian. It was a brief window of powerful preaching. James Currie tells us of the dramatic and lasting impact and how they managed to escape being disrupted.

The Man Behind the Memorial – James Currie of Pentland – SFH081

The Man Behind the Memorial – James Currie of Pentland – SFH081

If you have ever viewed and appreciated the Covenanter Martyrs Memorial at Greyfriars Churchyard in Edinburgh, you have James Currie to thank. It is said that Currie indeed sculpted the panel for the memorial himself. But who was he? He himself had experiences of suffering that he could relate and he was a close associate of leading Covenanters. His wife Helen Alexander was another noted Covenanter and the mother of the girl who organised the Children’s Covenant.

“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?