The Rev Andrew L Drummond, BD, Ph D, STM, Alva

Andrew L  Drummond provides an assessment in three sections.  The first clears away misconceptions regarding wholesale puritan rejection of set forms in the seventeenth century and traces 18th century evolution in the Independent or Congregational tradition and the rise of Methodism; the second looks at the effects of the increasingly Unitarian character of the older English Presbyterianism; and the third sets out from the ‘epoch-making’ work of Dr John Hunter to survey twentieth century developments.   

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p32

The Rev Millar Patrick DD, Edinburgh

Millar Patrick provides a vigorous riposte to an assertion in The Oxford Companion to Music, tracing the developments of psalm versions in Scotland from 1564 and looking in detail  at the relationship of the 1650 version to those of Francis Rous and of the Westminster Assembly.

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p43
PDF icon The Old Scottish Psalms7.38 MB

The Rev R J Thomson BD, Bothwell

R  J  Thomson describes a volume in the custody of the Kirk Session of Bothwell.  One of only two known copies of the 2nd edition of the forerunner of the Book of Common Order - printed in Geneva in 1558 – it contains  (I) “The Forme of Prayers and Ministration of the Sacraments”,  (II) “Psalmes of David” (of which, as yet, only 62 had been translated, as compared to 51 in the first edition,  and (III) “The Catechisme” of John Calvin.

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p57
PDF icon A Bibliographical Treasure5.5 MB

William McMillan

William McMillan contributes review of

The Treatise on the Apostolic Tradition of St Hippolytus of Rome: Bishop and Martyr, edited by Gregory Dix
The Riddle of the Diacé ,by F. E.Vokes
An Introduction to the Study of Eastern Liturgies, adapted from the French of Sevérien Salaville with a Preface 
and Additional  Notes by John M. T  Barton; and a note on an intended annual, Modern Sacred Art,edited by Joan Sands.

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p69
PDF icon Reviews1.51 MB

No Author Specified

referring to:

The forthcoming A G M to be addressed by the Archdeacon of Northumberland, Leslie S Hunter
Dr Alexander Hetherwick, formerly of Blantyre, Nyasaland, and recently deceased
The start of the series on University Chapels and lamenting the lack of one in Edinburgh
The success of the recent campaign to recruit new members
Readings at the celebration of Holy Communion
St Columba’s Day, with a Collect

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39, p72
PDF icon Notes and Comments1.53 MB

Illustrations in this volume

King’s College Chapel, Interior  -  Facing page 12
Nagmaal (Lord’s Supper)   -  Facing page 30
Specimen Page  -  Facing page 61
Specimen Page  -  Facing page 64

Reference: Volume 11 1938-39
PDF icon Illustrations1.39 MB

The Rev W W D Gardiner, BD, D Litt, Edinburgh

W W D Gardiner marks the re-opening, after restoration (Henry F Kerr, architect), of the Church and gives an account of its 17th century beginnings and original plan and ordering, with notice of later damage, division and rebuilding and with reference also to the signing of the National Covenant of which the tercentenary had recently been celebrated.  Illustrated by 3 drawings – restored interior, exterior (wrongly labelled), and exterior in 1637.

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p05
PDF icon Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh3.37 MB

The Rev Denzil G M Patrick, MA, Edinburgh

Denzil G M Patrick evaluates the conference, as “a stage in a process” indicating both its “positive significance” and “points where criticism is necessary” (among these, the arrangements for worship, and a perceived Orthodox and Anglican, and English language, dominance).

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p12

The Rev Ninian Hill, Edinburgh

Ninian Hill, after referring to biblical foundations, considers “godly fear and awe” and its expression in deportment in church. 

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p23
PDF icon Concerning Reverence3.71 MB

The Rev William McMillan, Ph D, DD, Dunfermline

William McMillan examines in detail the evidence relating to services of worship during the period 1661-90, dealing mainly with the practice of “outed” ministers and their congregations, and referring to the influence of the Westminster Directory, to psalmody, prayers, posture, “prefacing”, “lecturing”, sermons,  Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and burial customs.

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p30
PDF icon Worship in Covenanting Times6.42 MB

The Rev David A Hodges, BD, Ayton

David A. Hodges draws attention to the 1937 General Assembly’s commendation of a Youth Committee Memorandum on the “League of Young Worshippers and the Attendance of Children at Church” and examines several different avenues of approach to the problem, affecting practice in both Sunday School and Church Service.  A responsive “Opening Service of a School” is appended.

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p43
PDF icon The Training of Children in Worship5.25 MB

The Rev D S McGillivray, MA, Glasgow

Duncan S. MacGillivray describes a nativity play presented the previous Christmas in the Cathedral, after four years in Govan Old Parish Church, for which it had been devised.  In his judgement  it had “the merit….of containing no spoken word (save) the intermittent reading of the Gospel record, and carols sung by a screened choir”.   An indication of its effect on participants and audiences is added.   2 illustrations.

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p54
PDF icon A Nativity Play in Glasgow Cathedral3.35 MB

The Rev W T Cairns, DD, Edinburgh

William T Cairns uses his recent acquisition of a copy (1754) of Offices of Devotion by an English Puritan Divine, James Foster, to describe the volume, rather more than half the pages of which are in manuscript, apparently written by William Cameron and containing carefully wrought prayers of which he was the author.  He goes on to give details of Cameron’s life as a student of James Beattie in Aberdeen, as the most active member of the Committee on Paraphrases, and as Minister of Kirknewton.

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p60

No Author Specified

William George Sym, M.D., Surgeon, Elder in St Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh, and member of Council of the Society

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p71
PDF icon In Memoriam409.82 KB

Millar Patrick, William McMillan, Andrew L Drummond

Millar Patrick contributes notices of
     Church Music in History and Practice: Studies in the Praise of God by Winfred Douglas  
     Hymnody Past and Present by C S Phillips

William McMillan contributes notices of
     The Anaphora or Great Eucharistic Prayer.  An Eirenical Study in Liturgical History by Walter Howard Frere
     The Worshipping Community by H C L Heywood
     What mean ye by this service? by S C Carpenter
     The Parish Communion.  A Book of Essays edited by A G Hebert 
     The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described by Adrian Fortescue (sixth, revised, edition)
     The Mystery of Sacrifice.  A Meditation on the Liturgy by Evelyn Underhill
     The Highway of Praise: An Introduction to Christian Hymnody by J R Fleming

Andrew L. Drummond notices
     Adventures in Light and Colour: An Introduction to the Stained Glass Craft by Charles
     J Connick

There is an unsigned notice of 
     Prayers for Everyday by J G Grant Fleming

Reference: Volume 10 1937-38, p72
PDF icon Reviews5.68 MB