Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Rethinking the Scottish RevolutionCovenanted Scotland, 1637-1651$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Laura A. M. Stewart

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718444.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 29 November 2020

Politics in the Parishes

Politics in the Parishes

The National Covenant

(p.87) 2 Politics in the Parishes
Rethinking the Scottish Revolution

Laura A. M. Stewart

Oxford University Press

The 1638 National Covenant is an iconic document in Scottish history. Yet we know almost nothing about how the Covenant was received in the parishes. This chapter sites the events of 1638 in the longer history of covenanting and bonding to argue for important distinctions between these practices on either side of the Anglo-Scottish border. Two overlooked issues are central to this reassessment. It is well known that the Covenant was signed by thousands of people, but equal consideration needs to be given to the communal swearing ceremonies that attended this act. In some places, these ceremonies involved everyone in the parish, including women and children. Many parishes swore the Covenant before it had been sanctioned by parliament or general assembly and its lawfulness was justifiably questioned by adherents to the existing ecclesiastical order. This chapter discusses the ambiguities and tensions generated by uncertainty over the source of the Covenant’s authority.

Keywords:   National Covenant, bonding, oaths, Protestation Oath, swearing, confession, general assembly, congregation, community

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .