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Database of Scottish clergy launched


The results of an internatio­nal project researchin­g the lives of clergy in 16th- and 17th-century Scotland are now available in the new online database Mapping the Scottish Reformatio­n, which is located at maps.mappingthe scottishre­formation.org.

The three-year project was a collaborat­ion between historians based at Washington and Lee University in the USA, Newman University in Birmingham, and the University of Edinburgh.

The researcher­s worked to uncover records of Protestant clergymen between 1560 and 1689 – the years of the Scottish Reformatio­n – through resources such as Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, which lists ministers of the Church of Scotland.

The result is an online map containing the names and locations of approximat­ely 700 clerics and 400 clergy wives.

Project director Prof Michelle D Brock of Washington and Lee University explained: “We created Mapping the Scottish Reformatio­n to provide scholars, students and genealogis­ts with easy access to accurate, comprehens­ive informatio­n on the lives of the Scottish clergy.

“We hope that this tool will open up new ways of thinking about the religious, social and political roles of ministers, as individual­s and as a group, in early modern Scotland.”

 ??  ?? George Wishart, a 16th-century Scottish Protestant reformer, depicted c1860
George Wishart, a 16th-century Scottish Protestant reformer, depicted c1860

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