The History of Leith

November 30, 2010

The Covenant

The visit of Charles I. in 1633, like that of his father James in 1617, was mainly undertaken with a view of bringing the Church of Scotland into harmony with that of England in its form of worship. For this purpose Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, drew up a service book to be used in Scottish churches. The introduction of this service book led to the Jenny Geddes riot and the drawing up of the National Covenant in February 1638.The Covenant was sworn to by the people of South
Leith in St. Mary’s Church on Thursday, 12th April when the minister of Greyfriars’ read and expounded it. Then ” he gurd the people stand up, hold up thair right, hands, and swear very solemnly, which God blessed

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