The History of Leith

January 18, 2013

Marquis of Moritrose/the metrical version of the Psalms

12 of May 1650.—Intimaone was maid yt
yr will be thanksgeving upo Weddinsday nixt
for ye late victorie in ye north—Ja Grahame’s
(Note.—This thanksgiving was held to celebrate
the defeat at Carbisdale on 27th April 1650 of James
Graham, the great Marquis of Moritrose. After the
battle, the Marquis was taken prisoner, brought to
Leith about this date, and conducted to Edinburgh
to be executed.)
Also ye said day Intimaoue was maid that
ye new paraphraise of ye psalme book was to
be begunne to be sung upo wedinsday nixt.
(Note.—The intimation on this Lord’s Day is very
interesting as it enables us to fix the exact date upon
which the metrical version of the Psalms was introduced
and first sung in South Leith Church. It was
in this year that the present metrical version or
“paraphrase” of the Psalms was printed for use in
public worship, and it was to this period also that
we owe our Confession of Faith and Catechisms. The
paraphrases, now so called, i.e., those appended to
the Psalms, were not introduced until a century later.)

Source-South Leith Records

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