John Law on the Bass Rock – Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh – SFH045

John Law on the Bass Rock – Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh – SFH045

In Greyfriars Kiryard in Edinburgh, there’s a memorial to a little known minister called John Law and his wife, Isabella Cuninghame. The inscription reads:

“To the memory of his most excellent parents Mr JOHN LAW, a most prudent and vigilant pastor of the Church at Edinburgh, distinguished by his zeal for pure religion, and his unfeigned piety; and ISABELLA CUNNINGHAME, his affectionate wife, noted for true holiness, and the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, who, pressing towards the joys of eternal life, laid aside mortality, the former on the 26th December A.D. 1712, his 80th year; the latter on the 8th November A.D. 1703, in her 70th year. This monument was dedicated by William Law, their son.”

Matthew Vogan explains more.

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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 sombre role during the Covenanter era.  Matthew Vogan explains more.  (8m 38s)

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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 Marquis of Argyll.

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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.

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