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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...

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James Guthrie and the Old Mercat Cross, Edinburgh – SFH042

James Guthrie and the Old Mercat Cross, Edinburgh – SFH042

Many Covenanters were executed by the State at the Tolbooth in Edinburgh.  Matthew Vogan is on the Royal Mile to tell us about James Guthrie, the second person to be executed at the Tolbooth in Edinburgh on the 1st June 1661, only 5 days after Archibald Campbell, the...

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Parliament Square, Edinburgh – SFH041

Parliament Square, Edinburgh – SFH041

What connects the statue of King Charles II, Parliament Hall and John Knox's Grave marker at car park space 23 in Parliament Square, Edinburgh?  Matthew Vogan pieces the picture together for a group of Dutch students visiting Scotland in this week's episode. To dig...

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Thomas Case – Milk Street, London – SFH037

Thomas Case – Milk Street, London – SFH037

Thomas Case was an English Presbyterian minister and a member of the Westminster Assembly from 1643.  He was an enthusiastic supporter of the noble, yet short-lived Solemn League and Covenant that was intended to bind the British Isles together, writing, "To every...

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Alexander Brodie – Brodie Castle, Forres – SFH036

Alexander Brodie – Brodie Castle, Forres – SFH036

Alexander Brodie was no hero. He was a poor sinner leaning upon all sufficient grace.  He knew what he called the deep deceits of his heart. He knew to lament and confess them to God. But One compromise risked leading to another... Matthew Vogan is at a very wet...

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Alexander Henderson and King Charles I – Newcastle – SFH035

Alexander Henderson and King Charles I – Newcastle – SFH035

In 1646, when King Charles 1 realised he had lost the English Civil War, he fled north from Oxford and surrendered himself to the Scottish Presbyterian army who kept him prisoner in Newcastle, when they were occupying that city.  Alexander Henderson was presented with...

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John Brown of Wamphray – SFH034

John Brown of Wamphray – SFH034

John Brown was the greatest theological writer in the later Covenanting period.  To find out more about Brown's writing and his profound insights into Christ and biblical Christianity, visit the Blog of John Brown at ReformationScotland.org To dig deeper, visit...

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Claverhouse and the Black Bull Inn – Moffat – SFH032

Claverhouse and the Black Bull Inn – Moffat – SFH032

The town of Moffat is a very popular and attractive tourist destination in Dumfries and Galloway.  Matthew Vogan and Jimmy Fisher discuss some of the stories from the town's history that don't usually make it into the presentations of many tour...

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The Crook Inn and The Birkhill Inn – SFH031

The Crook Inn and The Birkhill Inn – SFH031

A tale of two inns.  The Crook Inn (on the A701 near Tweedsmuir) and Birkhill Cottage (on the A708 near the Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve) were both used by Covenanters as well as Claverhouse and his dragoons. But what would happen if they...

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Andrew Gray – Lady Stair’s Close, Edinburgh – SFH028

Andrew Gray – Lady Stair’s Close, Edinburgh – SFH028

David Woollin of Reformation Heritage Books joins Matthew Vogan outside what is now The Writer's Museum in Edinburgh.  However, the initials carved in stone on the 17th century marriage lintel above the door confirm that this was once the childhood home of...

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John Hunter’s Grave, Tweedsmuir – SFH027

John Hunter’s Grave, Tweedsmuir – SFH027

Picking up from the earlier episode at the Devil's Beef Tub, Matthew Vogan and Jimmy Fisher are in Tweedsmuir to tell the rest of the story of what happened to John Hunter. "When Zion's King was robbed of His right, His witnesses in Scotland...

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