How the Plague Transformed a Community – Ayr – SFH055

How the Plague Transformed a Community – Ayr – SFH055

William Adair led the community of Ayr in a spiritual response to the outbreak of plague there in 1647. They could never be the same again. Find out what happens when an entire community and all its officials engage in public confession of sin.

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John Nisbet – An Interview with Rev. Robert McCurley – SFH054

John Nisbet – An Interview with Rev. Robert McCurley – SFH054

Rev Robert McCurley of Greenville Presbyterian Church in South Carolina joins Matthew Vogan on this specially extended interview episode to talk about some of the lessons we can learn from the Covenanter martyr, John Nisbet of Hardhill.

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The Blind Minister and the Plague – Edinburgh – SFH053

The Blind Minister and the Plague – Edinburgh – SFH053

The plague epidemic reached Edinburgh in 1645.  At the end of 1644, before it reached the town, the blind minister Archibald Skeldie preached a sermon that still has many insights for facing pandemic diseases today. One of these lessons relates to the danger of excessive fear.

“A Christian, after death, will not much care what way he hath died; whether by fever or pestilence, by natural or violent death, seeing he is delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.” (Archibald Skeldie)

 

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

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