History

posted: September 18, 2017

500th Anniversary of the Reformation

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther beginning the Reformation in Europe. Why not come to Scotland to see how the Reformation affected Scotland? We can take you to visit the locations where many were martyred for their faith and where great events happened that would not only change the church here but […]

posted: January 3, 2017

Old Mortality

When on our tours you will see many martyr graves, but what you may not realise is that a good number of them were carved by the one man. A staunch Presbyterian, Robert Paterson (1715-1801) was a stonemason who spent around 40 years of his life travelling around Scotland lovingly and steadfastly making the memorials to […]

posted: September 5, 2016

The Covenanter Oak

This oak tree on the Dalzell Estate in Motherwell is over 800 years old and formed part of a deer park planted by King David I. During the late 1600’s when the Covenanters were being hunted, the Hamilton family who held the estate at the time (unofficially) gave permission for worship services to be held […]

posted: May 9, 2016

Little Church, Big History

This is Biggar kirk. It’s pre-reformation and was built in the mid 1500’s, parts of the original 12th century church which stood on the site were used in it’s rebuilding. In 1560 The local people embraced the Reformation and it became a Protestant place of worship, all idolatry being removed. When the National Covenant came […]

posted: March 1, 2016

Historic Anniversaries

The past few days have been important anniversaries of major events in Scotland’s Reformation and Covenanter history. For it was on the 28th February 1638 that the National Covenant was read out and signed in Greyfriars in Edinburgh. Upwards of 60,000 people had gathered in the city for the event. On a ram skin parchment, the […]

posted: June 11, 2015

The stunning Glasgow Cathedral!

After the National Covenant was signed in February 1638, the first free General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 36 years was held in Glasgow Cathedral in November with Alexander Henderson as moderator. The Assembly began a complete reformation of the church. It declared the “popish” Five Articles of Perth, the Book of Canons, […]

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posted: June 11, 2015

The beauty is greater even than the land of Scotland itself

Scottish Reformation Tours arranged a pleasant introduction to Scotland for us through a series of emails, helpfully sorting itinerary details, including warm and comfortable bed and breakfast accommodations in Edinburgh. During the tour, Helen Fisher did a fine job piloting us, and her husband, Jimmy, edifying us with a running narrative of Covenanter history. We enjoyed […]