NQ Scottish History

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The Reformation of 1560

 

Extract from Acts of Parliaments of Scotland: 'Provision of Bibles and Psaltres'

Proclamation announcing that householders, yeomen and gentlemen of means must all keep a bible and psalm book in their home or risk a fine.


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The Lord’s Prayer

As read from the Catechism of John Hamilton, Archbishop (1511-1571).

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Extract from The Works of John Knox, I: 'The Beggar’s Summons'

Dated 1 January 1558, the Beggar’s Summons was posted on friary doors as a formal demand that the friars remove themselves from residence and clear space for the genuine needy (infirm, aged, sick, widows, poor) for whose care the space was originally intended. The friars were warned that should they fail to clear out by the prescribed deadline, they would be removed by force.

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Extract from The Works of John Knox, II (The First Book of Discipline): 'Provision for the Poor'

This was a declaration charging churches to care for the genuine poor. Kirks are reminded that although some individuals do take advantage of charity (stubborn and idle beggars) and these should be punished, the widows, the fatherless, the aged, the impotent and the lamed still deserve sympathy and the parishes were charged by God with their tending and care.


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Extract from The Works of John Knox, II (The First Book of Discipline): 'Utilisation and Repair of Churches'

This extract explains the guidelines for prompt and diligent maintenance and repair of churches. Each church was required to have, at the very minimum, doors, glass windows, weather-resistant roofing, a bale, a pulpit, a basin for baptism and a table.


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Extract from The Works of John Knox, VI: 'The Policy of the Reformers'

These are Knox’s guidelines for the conversion of Catholic churches in Scotland into reformed, Protestant venues. This includes the demolition of any abbey or friary that resists reformation, the elimination of the saying of Mass in parish churches, and the removal of all evidence of Catholic 'Idolatry'.


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