In 1637, king Charles I followed the Book of Canons with the Book of Common Prayer (or ‘Laud’s liturgy’). It was written by the Scottish bishops, Laud and the king. The Scottish ministers were not allowed any involvement in writing it however, and so the Scottish people saw it as something that was being forced on their country by England. They believed that it contained Roman Catholic errors, with its section on communion seeming to the people more like a description of the Catholic mass. It also instructed readings from the Apocrypha and celebration of saints’ days.
On the 23rd of July 1637, in St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Dean Hannay attempted to read from the prayer book for the first time, but he was interrupted by Jenny Geddes…
J. G. Vos, The Scottish Covenanters (Edinburgh, 1998 ).
David Stevenson, The Scottish Revolution, 1637-44 (2nd edn, Edinburgh, 2003), pp 46-59.
Book of Common Prayer (1637)
George Gillespie - Reasons for which the service book, urged upon Scotland ought to be refused (Edinburgh, 1638).