This article will give you some insight into one of the most significant groups of Scots during the seventeenth century.  The Covenanters are a complex group and one which is inextricably linked to Greyfriars Kirkyard.  It could easily be said that the Covenanting movement was born and died in Greyfriars.
Who were the Covenanters?
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The ghost stories associated with the Covenanters Prison in Greyfriars Kirkyard are some of the most terrifying in the world and The City of the Dead tours will reveal the paranormal side of Greyfriars Kirkyard.  We focus more on the historical side…and it’s no less scary.  We’ll explain what the story behind the Covenanters’ Prison is on our Greyfriars Kirkyard tour and we will bring the stories of the highs and lows of the Covenanting movement to life.  This article, by one of our guest writers, will reveal a little of the background to the Covenanters. Covenanters: Who were they and why were they so important? The words “17th century Scottish Presbyterian Movement” easily conjure a society that lived in the medieval era. But the movement that was the Covenanters shaped the history of Scotland and to a lesser extent that of Ireland and England. It is this movement that brought forth the Presbyterian denominations that are now spread far and wide internationally. And whose existing traditions and ideas can be deeply traced on the rise of the Covenanters. Who Were The Covenanters Really? When Archbishop Laud and King Charles wanted to impose a new prayer book and liturgy upon the Church of Scotland, they were met with stern opposition. Their move, especially the King’s, was seen as a clear attempt to bring the Scottish aristocracy, which was a formidable political power, on its knees. So, the Covenanters and leading noblemen sternly opposed the move and supported the National Covenant – which was drawn against the imposed liturgy and book. It is by opposing King Charles and Archbishop Laud – through supporting the National Covenant drawn in 1638 in Kirk against the attempt to impose a new prayer book and liturgy – that the Covenanters gained massive popularity. Their support spread quickly across Scotland, and they became the leading political and religious force in the history of Edinburg. The movement was regarded as one “that defied the King and abolished Episcopacy in the Greyfriars Kirkyard.” Greyfriars Kirk was where the signing of the National Covenant – overseen by the covenanting movement which in the 17th century was a strong ‘Army of the Covenant’ – took place. The history of Edinburg was shaped in the churchyard of Kirk. But the movements ruling lasted for only 41 years when thousands of militant Covenanters were killed in 1679 at Bothwell Brig. And others imprisoned at the churchyard. Most were buried to the south fields of the churchyard. Covenanters – “The Great Army of the Covenant” Through the great command of veteran Alexander Leslie, the Covenanters were able to provoke and effortlessly defy King Charles orders to back down. The determined and highly motivated Scottish Presbyterian Movement – with a solid religious and moral code – had even the audacity of organising an army of the covenant – which was meant to counter that of King Charles’ which he had ordered to march against Scotland. Their defiance irked the King. The Covenanters peeved King Charles even more when they secretly established the Committee of Estates, whose sole role was to govern Scotland when Parliament was not in session. In a nutshell, the Scottish Presbyterian religious and political movement can be said to have shaped the history of Edinburg by defying King Charles and Archbishop Laud attempt to introduce a new liturgy and prayer book.
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< Old Edinburgh history tour This two-hour tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town takes you through hundreds of years of Scottish history.  You’ll walk in the footsteps of Kings and Queens, murderers and everyday citizens.  Our stories, coupled with our well-chosen visual resources, make this a great way to immerse yourself in Edinburgh’s history.
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< Greyfriars Kirkyard history tour This history tour of Greyfriars Kirkyard is the story of Old Edinburgh’s people.  Discover their lives, their deaths, and how they shaped Scotland’s history.  You’ll learn about executed noblemen, great thinkers, philanthropists and murderers only inches away from where they lie buried today.  Are you ready to ‘meet’ the dead of Old Edinburgh?
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This article will give you some insight into one of the most significant groups of Scots during the seventeenth century.  The Covenanters are a complex group and one which is inextricably linked to Greyfriars Kirkyard.  It could easily be said that the Covenanting movement was born and died in Greyfriars.
Who were the Covenanters?
__________________________________________________________
The ghost stories associated with the Covenanters Prison in Greyfriars Kirkyard are some of the most terrifying in the world and The City of the Dead tours will reveal the paranormal side of Greyfriars Kirkyard.  We focus more on the historical side…and it’s no less scary.  We’ll explain what the story behind the Covenanters’ Prison is on our Greyfriars Kirkyard tour and we will bring the stories of the highs and lows of the Covenanting movement to life.  This article, by one of our guest writers, will reveal a little of the background to the Covenanters. Covenanters: Who were they and why were they so important? The words “17th century Scottish Presbyterian Movement” easily conjure a society that lived in the medieval era. But the movement that was the Covenanters shaped the history of Scotland and to a lesser extent that of Ireland and England. It is this movement that brought forth the Presbyterian denominations that are now spread far and wide internationally. And whose existing traditions and ideas can be deeply traced on the rise of the Covenanters. Who Were The Covenanters Really? When Archbishop Laud and King Charles wanted to impose a new prayer book and liturgy upon the Church of Scotland, they were met with stern opposition. Their move, especially the King’s, was seen as a clear attempt to bring the Scottish aristocracy, which was a formidable political power, on its knees. So, the Covenanters and leading noblemen sternly opposed the move and supported the National Covenant – which was drawn against the imposed liturgy and book. It is by opposing King Charles and Archbishop Laud – through supporting the National Covenant drawn in 1638 in Kirk against the attempt to impose a new prayer book and liturgy – that the Covenanters gained massive popularity. Their support spread quickly across Scotland, and they became the leading political and religious force in the history of Edinburg. The movement was regarded as one “that defied the King and abolished Episcopacy in the Greyfriars Kirkyard.” Greyfriars Kirk was where the signing of the National Covenant – overseen by the covenanting movement which in the 17th century was a strong ‘Army of the Covenant’ – took place. The history of Edinburg was shaped in the churchyard of Kirk. But the movements ruling lasted for only 41 years when thousands of militant Covenanters were killed in 1679 at Bothwell Brig. And others imprisoned at the churchyard. Most were buried to the south fields of the churchyard. Covenanters – “The Great Army of the Covenant” Through the great command of veteran Alexander Leslie, the Covenanters were able to provoke and effortlessly defy King Charles orders to back down. The determined and highly motivated Scottish Presbyterian Movement – with a solid religious and moral code – had even the audacity of organising an army of the covenant – which was meant to counter that of King Charles’ which he had ordered to march against Scotland. Their defiance irked the King. The Covenanters peeved King Charles even more when they secretly established the Committee of Estates, whose sole role was to govern Scotland when Parliament was not in session. In a nutshell, the Scottish Presbyterian religious and political movement can be said to have shaped the history of Edinburg by defying King Charles and Archbishop Laud attempt to introduce a new liturgy and prayer book.
Covenanters flag A conventicle Signing the covenant in Greyfriars Charles first
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ADDRESS 28/2 Bridge Road Colinton Edinburgh United Kingdom EH13 0LQ
CONTACT Mail: robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk Phone: 079590026077
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HISTORIC EDINBURGH TOURS Award winning guided tours of Edinburgh
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OUR REGULAR GUIDED TOURS
Greyfriars Kirk
< Old Edinburgh history tour This two-hour tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town takes you through hundreds of years of Scottish history.  You’ll walk in the footsteps of Kings and Queens, murderers and everyday citizens.  Our stories, coupled with our well-chosen visual resources, make this a great way to immerse yourself in Edinburgh’s history.
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< Greyfriars Kirkyard history tour This history tour of Greyfriars Kirkyard is the story of Old Edinburgh’s people.  Discover their lives, their deaths, and how they shaped Scotland’s history.  You’ll learn about executed noblemen, great thinkers, philanthropists and murderers only inches away from where they lie buried today.  Are you ready to ‘meet’ the dead of Old Edinburgh?
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(                        Rated a ‘5 star’ tour on TripAdvisor)
(                        Rated a ‘5 star’ tour on TripAdvisor)
This article will give you some insight into one of the most significant groups of Scots during the seventeenth century.  The Covenanters are a complex group and one which is inextricably linked to Greyfriars Kirkyard.  It could easily be said that the Covenanting movement was born and died in Greyfriars.
Who were the Covenanters?
__________________________________________________________
The ghost stories associated with the Covenanters Prison in Greyfriars Kirkyard are some of the most terrifying in the world and The City of the Dead tours will reveal the paranormal side of Greyfriars Kirkyard.  We focus more on the historical side…and it’s no less scary.  We’ll explain what the story behind the Covenanters’ Prison is on our Greyfriars Kirkyard tour and we will bring the stories of the highs and lows of the Covenanting movement to life.  This article, by one of our guest writers, will reveal a little of the background to the Covenanters. Covenanters: Who were they and why were they so important? The words “17th century Scottish Presbyterian Movement” easily conjure a society that lived in the medieval era. But the movement that was the Covenanters shaped the history of Scotland and to a lesser extent that of Ireland and England. It is this movement that brought forth the Presbyterian denominations that are now spread far and wide internationally. And whose existing traditions and ideas can be deeply traced on the rise of the Covenanters. Who Were The Covenanters Really? When Archbishop Laud and King Charles wanted to impose a new prayer book and liturgy upon the Church of Scotland, they were met with stern opposition. Their move, especially the King’s, was seen as a clear attempt to bring the Scottish aristocracy, which was a formidable political power, on its knees. So, the Covenanters and leading noblemen sternly opposed the move and supported the National Covenant – which was drawn against the imposed liturgy and book. It is by opposing King Charles and Archbishop Laud – through supporting the National Covenant drawn in 1638 in Kirk against the attempt to impose a new prayer book and liturgy – that the Covenanters gained massive popularity. Their support spread quickly across Scotland, and they became the leading political and religious force in the history of Edinburg. The movement was regarded as one “that defied the King and abolished Episcopacy in the Greyfriars Kirkyard.” Greyfriars Kirk was where the signing of the National Covenant – overseen by the covenanting movement which in the 17th century was a strong ‘Army of the Covenant’ – took place. The history of Edinburg was shaped in the churchyard of Kirk. But the movements ruling lasted for only 41 years when thousands of militant Covenanters were killed in 1679 at Bothwell Brig. And others imprisoned at the churchyard. Most were buried to the south fields of the churchyard. Covenanters – “The Great Army of the Covenant” Through the great command of veteran Alexander Leslie, the Covenanters were able to provoke and effortlessly defy King Charles orders to back down. The determined and highly motivated Scottish Presbyterian Movement – with a solid religious and moral code – had even the audacity of organising an army of the covenant – which was meant to counter that of King Charles’ which he had ordered to march against Scotland. Their defiance irked the King. The Covenanters peeved King Charles even more when they secretly established the Committee of Estates, whose sole role was to govern Scotland when Parliament was not in session. In a nutshell, the Scottish Presbyterian religious and political movement can be said to have shaped the history of Edinburg by defying King Charles and Archbishop Laud attempt to introduce a new liturgy and prayer book.
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< Old Edinburgh history tour This two-hour tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town takes you through hundreds of years of Scottish history.  You’ll walk in the footsteps of Kings and Queens, murderers and everyday citizens.  Our stories, coupled with our well-chosen visual resources, make this a great way to immerse yourself in Edinburgh’s history. Fridays 7pm-9pm Saturdays 2pm-4pm £10, £8(concessions) Pre-booking essential
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< Greyfriars Kirkyard history tour This history tour of Greyfriars Kirkyard is the story of Old Edinburgh’s people.  Discover their lives, their deaths, and how they shaped Scotland’s history.  You’ll learn about executed noblemen, great thinkers, philanthropists and murderers only inches away from where they lie buried today.  Are you ready to ‘meet’ the dead of Old Edinburgh? Thursdays 7pm-8.45 £10, £8(concessions) Pre-booking essential
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