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The History of Scotland, Vol. 2

The History of Scotland, Vol. 2

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Excerpt from The History of Scotland, Vol. 2: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time

As winter approached, James prepared to carry into effect his grand scheme for the remodelling of the church. He saw that it would be unsafe as yet to attempt the direct introduction of the episcopacy, but, in order to lay the foundation of his plan more solidly, he managed that the first steps should seem to be taken by the kirk itself. When the bishops and abbots had been deprived of their votes in the parliament, it was a question raised more than once in the general assembly, whether the right of voting ought not still to be given to the kirk, as one of the estates, to be exer cised by commissioners elected by the mi nisters, but the jealous acuteness of the presbyterian leaders foresaw the evils to which this might lead, and the proposal was first received coldly, and then alto gether thrown aside. But the king now caused this question to be revived, because it enabled him to advance his own designs under colour of showing favour to the kirk, and he employed the committee appointed by the last general assembly to carry out his purpose. A parliament had been called to meet on the second of December, for the purpose of restoring the three earls to their estates and honours, and soon after it had assembled, a petition was presented by the commissioners, demanding that the ters of the kirk might be allowed to sit and vote in parliament as the third estate. The zealous presbyterian leaders took the alarmraocesnmcs with 'rnr. Man] history OF scotland.

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