“Smoking Desires for Union” – The International Covenant at St Giles – SFH098

“Smoking Desires for Union” – The International Covenant at St Giles – SFH098

Intense emotion surrounded the beginnings of the movement that brought about the Solemn, League and Covenant. It was an international covenant that embraced the political, religious and personal of these nations – a very unique thing. In this episode, we find out how it was first drafted and received in Edinburgh.

“A Man of Many Meditations” – John Carstairs – SFH097

“A Man of Many Meditations” – John Carstairs – SFH097

We conclude the life of John Carstairs (or Carstares), this remarkable story is not often told. He was not just a man of prayer but also “a man of many meditations”. Also “of great and rare piety; he was full of love; he dwelt, walked, and lived in that fire of love”. We find out how his prayers and meditations could melt the hearts of even the greatest enemies of the Covenanters.

Escaping from Prison – Canongate Tolbooth – SFH096

Escaping from Prison – Canongate Tolbooth – SFH096

Many Covenanter prisoners were kept in the fearful conditions of the Canongate Tolbooth. Anyone would want to escape, and more than a few Covenanter prisoners actually managed to gain their freedom. We find out more about that in this episode but also look at those who exited the prison still under punishment. Episode 77 covered Gabriel Semple and his time here in 1681.

“Such a wife, such a friend, such a counsellor” – Janet Carstairs – SFH095

“Such a wife, such a friend, such a counsellor” – Janet Carstairs – SFH095

What was it like to be married to a persecuted minister? Did the trials put a strain on relationships? We find out first hand from the letters that passed between Janet and John Carstairs (sometimes Carstares) while he was being pursued by the authorities. She would be imprisoned briefly herself for attending a conventicle. Her loving yet courageous words to him are especially moving.

“O what a glory appears here!” – John Carstairs’ Revival Experiences – SFH094

“O what a glory appears here!” – John Carstairs’ Revival Experiences – SFH094

Revival came on two different occasions in the 1650s in the same area by the same preacher. Samuel Rutherford said that John Carstairs had “much of heaven in his bosom”. We find out more about the prayers and preaching of the man who experienced remarkable revival in Cadder and Kirkintilloch.

Cover Image: Cadder: Parish Church cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Martyn Gorman
Below Image of Kirkintilloch Auld Kirk cc-by-sa/4.0 © Roger Griffith

 

 

“A friend to Reformation” – Archibald Campbell – SFH093

“A friend to Reformation” – Archibald Campbell – SFH093

Archibald Campbell’s portrait seems stern and forbidding at first glance, but there is an unfortunate reason for that. And as we discover more of the life and words of the Marquis of Argyle it is clear that it would be a big mistake to judge him by his appearance. He was a friend to reformation in life and death.