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Numerals, letter shapes and record-keeping

Welcome to week 2! Last week you were introduced to early modern Scotland and the basics of palaeography. This week you will focus on numerals, letter shapes and the records …

Punishment of sin by the Perth kirk session

There were several levels of punishment for sinners, depending on the seriousness and notoriety of the sin and the degree of penitence exhibited by the sinner. The First Book of Discipline …

Processes of the Perth Kirk Session

The elders met in general about weekly to address disciplinary and administrative problems. In the 1570s there were quite frequent additional, ad hoc meetings, so that in October of 1578, for …

Language and structure

As we have seen, the extant kirk session minute books are the foremost record of the parish in early modern Scotland. Having considered the nature of the these records and …

What do they record?

The kirk session records cover a wide variety of case types and include complaints and depositions given in by local men and women. They have helped us better understand a …

The extant records

By the mid-seventeenth century, Scotland had approximately 900-1000 parishes each with its own kirk session. The minute books of a session provide a remarkable insight into the dynamics of each …

Summary of week 1

You have covered a lot of ground in your first week of the course. Now is the time to reflect on what you have learned: You have been introduced to …

Your learning experience

We have used a range of media and resources to help you learn more about early modern Scotland, record-keeping and palaeography. The course is structured around several key features to …

Meet the team

This course is brought to you by experts at the University of Glasgow. They will introduce you to early modern Scottish history, the Church of Scotland, the extant records and …

The kirk session

The kirk session was undoubtedly the most significant innovation of the Reformed church. It was the vehicle of choice in the drive to create a society of Protestant Scots. With …

Reforming the kirk

According to the Scots Confession of Faith, a true church was defined by preaching of the scriptures, correct administration of the sacraments and ecclesiastical discipline ‘quhairby vice is repressit and …

Scottish reformation

Despite the efforts of Archbishop Hamilton, the clerical hierarchy of the medieval Scottish church was reluctant to reform a system which played to their interests. There was also little in …

Punctuation

This video will introduce you to the quirks of early modern punctuation. The focus will be on the use of horizontal pen strokes and capital letters. You will also be …