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The Covenanters (2 vols.)
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The Covenanters (2 vols.)


John Smith and Son 1913

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In the seventeenth century, the Covenanters revitalized the National Covenant in Scotland, politically opposing Roman Catholicism and seeking to establish the Presbyterian Church as Scotland’s sole religion. As Roman Catholics struggled to regain their hold on Scotland after the Reformation, the Covenanters gained ground, eventually even legally requiring all citizens to adopt the covenant. After rising to political power, the Covenanters raised an army to oppose King Charles I, who attempted to impose a new Scottish liturgy. The Covenanter army defeated King Charles I in the Bishop Wars, cracking open a dam of political turmoil in Europe and triggering the Wars of the Three Kingdoms—the English Civil War, the Scottish Civil War, and the Irish Confederate Wars.

The Covenanters by James King Hewison offers a detailed history of the Covenanters after the Reformation. The text tracks significant people, events, and places that impacted the movement and shaped the religious structure of Scotland. Hewison discusses each of the significant Scottish battles and Covenants, and their impact on the country. Included in the text are historically significant illustrations and images.

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Key Features

  • Explore this politically explosive period in Scotland’s history
  • Learn about the Scots who fought against religious oppression
  • Discover the covenants that started it all

Praise for the Print Edition

Dr. Hewison’s two lordly volumes on that period, The Covenanters, give only the traditional view expressed with extraordinary vigour and rigour.

Andrew Lang, Scottish writer

The value of this book lies in the fact that it shows the men of the covenants and their deeds in such a way that the students of history may calmly judge them, and be assured at the same time that in making his judgment he has before him the available relevant facts.

The Glasgow Herald

Individual Titles

The Covenanters, vol. 1

  • Author: James King Hewison
  • Edition: Revised and Corrected Ed.
  • Publisher: John Smith and Son
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 497

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This volume explores the beginnings of the Covenanters and covers the major historical events involving them until 1650.


  • The Historical Beginnings of the Covenanters, 1545–1561
  • Mary Queen of Scots and the Romanist Reaction, 1561–1567
  • The Establishment of the Church by Law, 1567–1580
  • The King’s Confession, 1580–1582
  • The Fight for Prerogative, 1582–1603
  • Clerical Life and Learning After the Reformation, 1560–1625
  • The Erastian King, 1625–1638
  • The Liturgy Embroglio, 1637–1638
  • The National Covenant, 1638
  • The Glasgow Assembly and the Abolition of Episcopacy, 1638
  • The First Bishop’s War, 1639
  • The Second Bishop’s War, 1639–1641
  • Lex Rex—The Rise of Parliamentary Power, 1641
  • The Solemn League and Covenant, 1642–1643
  • The Westminster Standards, 1643–1650
  • The Great Civil War, 1644–1645
  • The Engagement—The Fall of Charles First and of Montrose, 1646–1650
  • Appendices

The Covenanters, vol. 2

  • Author: James King Hewison
  • Publisher: John Smith and Son
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 594

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This volume covers the history of the Covenanters from 1650 until the Revolution beginning in 1688.


  • Scotland’s Three Rulers—Church, Charles, and Cromwell 1650–1651
  • The Rule of the Ironsides, 1651–1660
  • The Restoration, 1660–1661
  • Condition of the Country in the Seventeenth Century—The Gentlemen of the Restoraion
  • Reconstruction of the Church, 1661
  • The Rule of Rothes and the Rising of Rullion Green, 1663–1667
  • The Schemes of Leighton and Lauderdale, 1668–1678
  • The Exit of Sharp, 1679
  • The Rise of Claverhouse, 1678–1679
  • The Remnant, 1679–1682
  • The Policy of Rope and Gun, 1682–1683
  • The Advent of Renwick: Claverhouse and the Killing Times, 1683–1685
  • The Inlet of Popery, 1685–1688
  • The Revolution, 1688–1690
  • Appendices

Product Details

  • Title: The Covenanters
  • Author: James King Hewison
  • Publisher: John Smith and Son
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 1,091

About James King Hewison

James King Hewison (1853–1941) was a Scottish minister, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, editor, and author. His other works include The Isle of Bute in the Olden Times, Dumfriesshire, and The Works of Abbot Ninian Winzet.