Scottish Church History Society, Autumn Conference

Date / time: 13 November, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Scottish Church History Society, Autumn Conference


Scottish Church History Society Autumn Conference

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The SCHS Autumn conference will take place online between 11am and 4.30pm (GMT) on Saturday 13 November. The programme is as follows:

11–11.10am: Welcome

11.10am–12.40pm: Panel Sessions (two rooms, running concurrently)

Panel 1 – Religion & Politics in Early Modern Scotland

Paper 1 – 11.10–11.40am – Karie Schultz (University of St Andrews) – ‘Defending Presbyterianism: The Reception of Catholic Scholastic Political Theory in Covenanted Scotland, 1638–47’

Paper 2 – 11.40am–12.10pm – Ciaran Jones (University of Edinburgh) – ‘Ephraim Melville and the Witch-Hunt at Queensferry, 1643–44’

Paper 3 – 12.10–12.40pm – Andrew Muirhead – ‘The Minister of Alloa and the Act of Union’

Panel 2 – Communities, Individuals & Place in Scottish Christianity

Paper 1 – 11.10–11.40am – Alasdair Black (Baptist College, UWS) – ‘Strathearn, St Serf, and the 8th/9th-Century Pictish Church’

Paper 2 – 11.40am–12.10pm – Victoria Turner (University of Edinburgh) – ‘Iona and the World: The Life of George More, Iona Community Member and Missionary to India’

Paper 3 – 12.10–12.40pm – Neil Dickson – ‘Robert Rendall (1899–1967): Christianity and Sense of Place in Orkney’

12.40–1.30pm: Lunch break

1.30–3pm: Panel sessions (two rooms, running concurrently):

Panel 3 – Nineteenth-Century Evangelicalism

Paper 1 – 1.30–2pm – Bill Jenkins (University of St Andrews) – ‘Evangelical Eschatology and the New Cosmology in Scotland, 1817–54’

Paper 2 – 2–2.30pm – Andrew M. Jones (Morehouse College, Atlanta) – ‘James Baird and the Baird Trust: Industrial Philanthropy and Evangelical Activism in Victorian Scotland’

Paper 3 – 2.30–3pm – Frank D. Bardgett – ‘Rev. Matthew Armour and the Magic of Gladstonian Liberalism in Sanday, Orkney’

Panel 4 – Society & Societies in the Late 19th & Early 20th Centuries

Paper 1 – 1.30–2pm – John W. Sawkins (Heriot-Watt University) and Andrew J. Sawkins (Imperial College, London) – ‘The Social Position of Presbyterian Ministers in Late Nineteenth-Century Edinburgh: An Exploratory Case Study’

Paper 2 – 2–2.30pm – Brian R. Talbot (North West University, South Africa), ‘“Ideal Manhood”’: The Early Twentieth-Century Perspective of Walter Mursell of Paisley, Scotland

Paper 3 – 2.30–3pm – David Dutton, ‘Marking the Centenary of the Church of Scotland Act (1921): The Scottish Church Society and the Articles Declaratory’

3–3.15 pm – Break

3.15–4.30pm – Keynote Lecture – Professor Peter Marshall, University of Warwick – ‘The Ministry and Magic in Early Modern Orkney’.

4.30pm – Conclusion

This event is free and is taking place over Zoom – once registered you will receive the codes for the sessions and further instructions the week of the event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch by emailing


Event image is taken from George Barry’s History of Orkney (1808)