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Drown, Isabelle McLean, comp.. Scottish Covenanters Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003.
Original data: See bibliography listed in Description.

About Scottish Covenanters Index

In the 17th century conflict arose between Church and State in Scotland. Those who remained steadfast in their Presbyterian beliefs and refused to take an oath to the king saying that he was the head of the church became known as Covenanters. They believed that Christ was the head of the church and were punished for this belief. Many were forced to pay the ultimate price for this by laying down their lives. The Royalists and Dragoons, who were seeking their lives, chased the Covenanters from glen to glen, especially in the Lowlands. If anyone was found hiding them, they suffered imprisonment and/or death as well. This punishment was not just reserved for the strong and healthy -- children and the elderly were subjected to the cruelty as well.

This database is an index, compiled by Isabelle Drown, to the Covenanters whose names are found in books recording their history between 1660 and 1690. The index provides the Covenanter's name, a birth or christening date, a birth or christening place, and a reference to the passage in which information on the individual is found. This reference includes book, volume, and page numbers. The book number indicates which book in the bibliography (listed below) the information was taken from. Two of the largest repositories of Covenanter books are Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia, and University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. These are not the only repositories in which Covenanter books may be found though. Please check with your local libraries and use interlibrary loan if they are not locally available to you. A glossary of Celtic place names and explanations of certain words and phrases used in the index are available from Isabelle. Questions and comments about this index may be e-mailed to Isabelle at the following address: CovenanterIndex@email.toast.net .

COVENANTER INDEX BIBLIOGRAPHY

1) THE MARTYR GRAVES OF SCOTLAND
By J. H. Thomson
Published by Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier. Edinburgh & London

2) MEN OF THE COVENANT
By Alexander Smellie
Published by London: Andrew Melrose, 1911

3) SCOTS WORTHIES
By John Howie of Lochguin
Published by McGregor, Pulson & Company
MDCCCXLVI

4) LADIES OF THE COVENANT, MEMOIRS
By Rev. James Anderson

5) LIVES OF THE SCOTTISH COVENANTERS
By W.R. McPhun
Published by Glasgow and London: 1862

6) SONS OF ADAM

7) MARTYRS, HEROES AND BARDS OF THE SCOTTISH CONVENANT
By George Gilfillan
Publishers - Albert Cockshaw, 41 Ludgate Hill, 1853

8) A REGIMENTAL HISTORY OF THE COVENANTING ARMIES
Family History Library, Salt Lake City

9) THE MAKERS OF THE KIRK
By Barnett

10) THE SCOTS PEERAGE - A HISTORY OF THE NOBLE FAMILIES OF SCOTLAND; VOLUME I
Published by T & A Constable
London - Simkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Limited.
Cambridge - MacMillan & Bowes
Glasgow - James MacLenose & Sons

11) COVENANTERS FROM SCOTLAND TO NEW JERSEY BETWEEN 1683 - 1685 - ship passenger list for the Henry and Francis

12) A CLOUD OF WITNESSES
Illustrated editon by The Rev. John H. Thomson
Published - Johnstone, Hunter and Company - 1871
U.B.C.
call number BX9082 C6

13) THE COVENANTERS OF AYRSHIRE: Historical and Biographical
By Rev. R. Lawson
Published by J. and R. Parlane, Paisley - 1887

14) FAIR SUNSHINE
By Jock Purves
Published by The Banner of Truth Trust - 1968
(The material in this volume consists of two works: Sweet Believing - 1948 and Fair Sunshine - 1957)

15) FATHERS OF THE KIRK
By Ronald Selby Wright
Oxford University Press, 1960
Edited by Wright
Manse of the Cannnongate, Edinburgh
U.B.C.
call number BX9099 F38

16) MAKERS OF THE SCOTTISH CHURCH AT THE REFORM'TION
By Kirkwood Hewat
Published by - McNiven and Wallace - 1920

17) LIGHT OF THE NORTH
By Jay D. Douglas
Published : William B Eerdmans - 1964

18) SCOTTISH COVENANTERS - bibliography only
By James Taylor
Published - Hodder and Stoughton
MDCCCXCIV

19) MINUTE BOOK KEPT BY THE WAR COMMITTEE OF THE
COVENANTERS IN THE STEWARTRY OF KIRKCUDBRIGHT
IN THE YEARS 1640 AND 1641
Published - F. Nicholson
MDCCCIV
Family History Library, LDS Church

20) REGISTER OF THE REVERAND JOHN MACMILLAN
Published - 1706 - 1751
(This is available on film at the Family History Library, LDS Church)

21) THE COVENANTERS
By David Stevenson - The Covenanters: The National Covenant And Scotland
1988 - Koerner Library - U.B.C.
call number BX9081 578

22) THE SCOTTISH COVENANTERS 1660 - 88
By Ian B. Cowan, 1976
U.B.C. - Koerner Library
call number BX 9081 C68

23) REGISTER OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL OF SCOTLAND
Volumes for the years1661 - 1689
U.B.C.
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

24) THE COVENANTERS
By James King Hewison
Published Glasgow: John Smith and Son - 2 volumes, 1908
U.B.C. - Koerner Library
call number BX 9081 145

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