The next day Judy and I drove to Edinburgh, Scotland, to catch up on our old friends Paul and Shiona Rees. We spent Thursday night with them in Edinburgh. Paul gave us a tour of his church, Charlotte Chapel. It is a "new" church having only been founded in about 1800.
|Royal Castle at one end of the Royal Mile|
|St. Giles Church|
|Grey Friars Church|
Between the castle and St. Giles was the old Grey Friars church. It was here that the Scottish people covenanted with each other in 1638 to resist the encroachment of Anglicanism. Charles I and Archbishop Laud tried to impose the Anglican prayer book upon the people. The first time the bishop attempted to read it in divine services a maid named Jenny Geddes picked up her folding stool and threw it at him instigating a riot. The British jailed many of the covenanters at Grey Friars. We toured the prisons and the graves. The Scottish people remember this as "the killing times."
|The ruins of St. Andrews Castle|
|Where Wishart was burnt|
The Roman Catholic French navy came to the aid of Scotland's Roman Catholics. Their canon pulverized the castle walls. (The crumbling ruins remain). Then the French impressed Knox as a Galley slave for 19 months.
On the way home we passed through the little village of Dunbar where Oliver Cromwell defeated the Scottish army in the crucial battle of Dunbar in the 1650s.
|Emily and Father|