We as Americans and all those who share in the liberties of free will, owe a great debt of gratitude to those of Scotland and others that God raised who were willing to give their all in blood! To know the history of Scotland is to know the history of freedom here in America and all those who speak English as free men and women..
HIS MAJESTIC KING JAMES VI Information on King James VI & I including his own writings. Read about assassination attempts by Catholics, slanderous sodomite charges against the king, etc.
The Declaration of Arbroath (1320) Scotland's declaration of independence from England. An early model for the U.S. Declaration. Those of you who have seen the movie Braveheart with Mel Gibson, know all to well the indebtedness we owe to WILLIAM WALLACE (1270-1305) and ROBERT BRUCE (1274-1329) for the freedoms that we have here in America. For it is from the bloodline of Robert Bruce we find the founder of Great Britain, and the protector from the Catholic Church those who would translate the Bible into the English, King James VI.
Act of Supremacy, 1559 Elizabeth I (1559). After the brief and bloody reign of her sister, Mary I, who executed numerous Protestants for the cause of Roman Catholicism, this document states Elizabeth's intention to reaffirm the English Church's independence from Rome. Her beloved status among her subjects caused the first settlers of America to name their colony "Virginia" in honor of this virgin queen.
THE WORKS OF ELIZABETH I (1533-1603) "As to your entreaty for us to listen to you we waive it; yet do return you this our answer. Our realm and subjects have been long wanderers, walking astray, whilst they were under the tuition of Romish pastors, who advised them to own a wolf for their head (in lieu of a careful shepherd) whose inventions, heresies and schisms be so numerous, that the flock of Christ have fed on poisonous shrubs for want of wholesome pastures. And whereas you hit us and our subjects in the teeth that the Romish Church first planted the Catholic within our realm, the records and chronicles of our realm testify the contrary; and your own Romish idolatry maketh you liars; witness the ancient monument of Gildas unto which both foreign and domestic have gone in pilgrimage there to offer. This author testifieth Joseph of Arimathea to be the first preacher of the word of God within our realms. Long after that, when Austin came from Rome, this our realm had bishops and priests therein, as is well known to the learned of our realm by woeful experience, how your church entered therein by blood; they being martyrs for Christ and put to death because they denied Rome's usurped authority." This quote is from 1559, in a reply by Elizabeth I to some English Bishops who wanted to continue Mary's pro-Catholic policies.
Act Against Papists, 1593 Parliament's tough words against those who would attempt to depose Elizabeth for her Protestantism.
PRIMARY SOURCES PERTAINING TO THE GUNPOWDER PLOT, 1605 Guy Fawkes was among a gang of Roman Catholic conspirators who wanted to blow up the House of Lords and assassinate King James VI of Scotland and I of England.
TRANSCRIPTION OF THE GUNPOWDER PLOT TRIAL Full transcription of the trial of the conspirators, which included Guy Fawkes.
THE SOLEMN LEAGUE AND COVENANT (1643-44) The document which allied the Scotch Presbyterians and the Puritans in their struggle against Charles I.
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