The Scots Worthies (Howie)

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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’.

Table of Contents:  

  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