Scots Worthies

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Book

isbn

9780851516868

topic

General Biography, 17th century, 16th century

Original Pub Date

1870

binding

Cloth-bound

page-count

672

Banner Pub Date

Dec 1, 1995

Book Description

John Howie of Lochgoin, author of the classic work The Scots Worthies, lived all his days in relative obscurity in Ayrshire in the southwest of Scotland which, in earlier times, had been the scene of many notable events in the history of the Covenanters. Lacking the benefit of formal higher education, he was nevertheless well-read and deeply educated in the history of his Christian forebears. Conscious of the unfounded criticism and misrepresentation of them which had arisen even in the eighteenth century he devoted himself to compiling this fascinating volume of cameo pen-portraits. But his concern was more than historical. He recognized the power of Christian biography to instruct and inspire and to exemplify the outworking of the grace of God in human life. Howie’s chief aim was to write in such a way that readers would be encouraged to grasp the heroic, sacrificial, and glorious nature of life consecrated unreservedly to Christ.

Within the covers of a single volume John Howie’s The Scots Worthies offers stirring mini-biographies of the great roll-call of the Christian heroes of Scotland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A unique work it includes all the figures described by John Dickson while himself a prisoner for Christ on the Bass Rock: ‘Innocent Hamilton, godly and patient Wishart, apostolic Knox, eloquent Rollock, worthy Davidson, courageous Melville, prophetic Welch, majestic Bruce, great Henderson, renowned Gillespie, learned Binning, pious Gray, laborious Durham, heavenly-minded Rutherford, the faithful Guthries, diligent Blair, heart-melting Livingstone, religious Welwood, orthodox and practical Brown, zealous and steadfast Cameron, honest-hearted Cargill, sympathizing M’Ward, persevering Blackader, the evangelical Traills, constant and pious Renwick’.

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PREFACE BY THE EDITOR, ix
THE AUTHOR’S PREFACE, xvi
INTRODUCTION, 1
Names of the Worthies.
BAILLIE, ROBERT, Kilwinning Church. 280
Henry VII. Chapel.
BALFOUR, JOHN, OF KINLOCH, Portrait of Claverhouse. 622
BINNING, HUGH, Glasgow College. 207
Glasgow College, Outer Quadrangle.
BLACK, DAVID, Abbey Church of Holyrood. 80
BLACKADER, JOHN, Monument at North Berwick. 521
BLAIR, ROBERT, The College Kirk, Glasgow. 335
Ripon Cathedral.
Monument in Aberdour Churchyard.
BOYD, ROBERT, 139
The Abbey Church of Paisley.
BROWN, JOHN, Stadthouse, the Hague. 412
BRUCE, ROBERT, Linlithgow Palace. 142
Gateway of Linlithgow Palace.
BUCHANAN, GEORGE, 66
Ruins of Crossraguel Abbey.
CALDERWOOD, DAVID, Jedburgh Abbey. 201
West Port, St Andrews.
CAMERON, RICHARD, The Castle of Maybole. 421
Monument at Airsmoss.
CAMPBELL, ARCHIBALD, MARQUIS OF ARGYLE, 242
Portrait of Alexander Leslie.
The Maiden.
CAMPBELL, JOHN, EARL OF LOUDON, Loudon Castle. 268
York Minster.
The Tower of London.
CARGILL, DONALD, Glasgow Cathedral, East View. 439
CRAIG, JOHN, Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots. 76
CUNNINGHAM, ROBERT, Belfast Lough. 171
DAVIDSON, JOHN, St Giles, Edinburgh, South View. 83
DICKSON, DAVID, 288
King’s College, Aberdeen-Front View.
Archbishop of Glasgow’s Palace.
DICKSON, JOHN, Rutherglen Church. 590
DUNCAN, ANDREW, Blackness Castle. 110
DURHAM, JAMES, The Old Steeple, Dundee. 219
Glasgow College, Inner Quadrangle.
Portrait of Oliver Cromwell.
FLEMING, ROBERT, Scots Church, Rotterdam. 572
Stadthouse, Amsterdam.
GARNOCK, ROBERT, Old View of Stirling Castle. 457
Greyfriars Churchyard.
Edinburgh Tolbooth-North Front.
GILLESPIE, GEORGE, St Giles, Edinburgh, North View. 191
Westminster Abbey.
GORDON, JOHN, VISCOUNT KENMUIR, Portrait of Charles I. 153
The Palace of Holyrood.
GORDON, WILLIAM, OF EARLSTOUN, Battlefield of Drumclog. 403
GRAY, ANDREW, Glasgow Cathedral-West View. 215
GUTHRIE, JAMES, 257
The Churches of Stirling.
Netherbow Port-West Front.
GUTHRIE, WILLIAM, Portrait of General David Leslie. 320
Brechin Cathedral.
HACKSTON, DAVID, OF RATHILLET, Portrait of General Dalziel. 430
HALL, HENRY, OF HAUGHHEAD, Old View of Berwick. 417
Canongate Tolbooth.
HAMILTON, PATRICK, St Salvator College, St Andrews. 11
Ruins of the Cathedral, St Andrews.
HAMILTON, SIR ROBERT, OF PRESTON, Preston Tower. 597
Haddington Church.
HENDERSON, ALEXANDER, 180
Church at Leuchars.
Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh.
Monument in Greyfriars Churchyard.
HOG, THOMAS, St Duthach’s Church, Tain. 559
Old Machar Cathedral, Aberdeen.
JOHNSTON, ARCHIBALD, Portrait of the Earl of Traquair. 298
Windsor Castle.
Portrait of Andrew Cant.
Durham Cathedral.
Netherbow Port-East Front.
KER, ROBERT, OF KERSLAND, The Tolbooth of Glasgow. 435
Dumbarton Castle.
KIDD and KING, MESSRS,   409
KNOX, JOHN, 48
John Knox in St Giles, Edinburgh.
John Knox’s House, Edinburgh.
Portrait, William Maitland.
LIVINGSTONE, JOHN, 367
Portrait of Charles II.
MACBEAN, ANGUS, 555
M’CLELLAND, JOHN, 197
M’KAIL, HUGH, Edinburgh Tolbooth-South Front. 354
Cross of Edinburgh.
M’WARD, ROBERT, 476
MELVILLE, ANDREW, 91
Courtyard of Falkland Palace.
The Palace of Hampton Court.
MILL, WALTER, Abbey Church of Dunfermline. 33
Martyrs’ Monument, St Andrews.
MITCHELL, JAMES,   173
MITCHELL, JAMES, Archbishop Sharp’s Residence. 382
Portrait of Lauderdale.
The Boots.
The Bass Rock.
The Grassmarket of Edinburgh.
MONCRIEFF, ALEXANDER, 549
NEVAY, JOHN,   365
NISBET, JOHN, OF HARDHILL, Bothwell Bridge. 494
Portrait of James II.
PATON, CAPTAIN JOHN, Portrait of the Marquis of Montrose. 479
Fenwick Church-Exterior.
Fenwick Church-Interior.
Monument in Fenwick Churchyard.
New Monument in do.
PEDEN, ALEXANDER, 507
RENWICK, JAMES, 525
Montalban’s Tower, Amsterdam.
Dublin Bay.
Castlehill, Edinburgh.
ROLLOCK, ROBERT,   73
ROW, WILLIAM, Parliament House, Stirling Castle. 88
RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL, King’s College, Aberdeen. 232
Monument at Anwoth.
SCRIMGEOUR, JOHN, Portrait of James VI. 114
SEMPLE, JOHN,   378
SHIELDS, ALEXANDER, Darien House, Edinburgh. 581
Dunnottar Castle.
SIMPSON, PATRICK, Falkland Palace. 101
Market-Cross of Aberdeen.
SMITH, WALTER,   454
STUART, JAMES, EARL OF MORAY, 37
Moray’s House, Edinburgh.
TRAILL, MESSRS ROBERT, 624
VEITCH, WILLIAM, 607
Communion Stones of Irongray.
St Nicholas’ Church, Newcastle.
Portrait of William III.
WELCH, JOHN, 118
Edinburgh Castle.
The Palace of Whitehall.
WELCH, JOSIAS,   152
WELWOOD, JOHN, Old View of Perth. 398
WISHART, GEORGE, 18
The Castle of St Andrews.
WOOD, JAMES, Portrait of Archbishop Sharp. 316
CONCLUSION, Martyrs’ Monument. 626

 

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert Widdowson

    A very good, worthwhile read. Short bios of Scottish pastors written in a quaint, lively, older style. Ultimately, it’s the story of God’s gracious work in the lives of numerous pastors throughout Scotland. My favourite is the account of a pastor who was spiritual quickened by the sovereign act of regeneration as he was preaching a sermon! He preached the forgiveness of sins through the shed blood of Christ Jesus on the cross and was saved! John Howie has done a fine job chronicling the lives and works of a host of faithful ministers and bond-servants of the Lord.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert Widdowson

    I wrote a brief review a moment ago, but I forgot to mention another favourite bio of a preacher (whose name I forget), who preached a sermon that a young boy heard. Although the words of the sermon impressed the young boy, he wandered far from the church and remained away from the means of grace for decades. As an old man, he recalled the words the preacher had spoken when he was just a boy (in fact, the sermon had never really left him), and God used the word of truth, the gospel, preached decades in the past, to save him! The mystery of election and the moment of salvation in full display!

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