The Memoirs of Henry Guthry, Late Bishop of Dunkeld: Containing An Impartial Relation of the Affairs of Scotland, Civil and Ecclesiastical, from the Year 1637, to the Death of King Charles I. In which, The true Rise and Springs of the Public Confusions, during that Period, are discovered; and the most Considerable Transactions, both of the Royalists and Covenanters, briefly and faithfully narrated. The Second Edition.

  • Guthry, Henry
  • Glasgow: Printed by Robert Urie 1747
  • ESTC T138173.


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12mo, pp. [vi], 304, [34]. Contemporary sheep, spine divided by raised bands between gilt rules, red morocco label, other compartments tooled centrally in gilt. A touch toned, top corners of pp. 301-304 torn away not touching text. Rubbed, particularly to spine, label defective, hinges starting. Modern ink stamp of Mary Ramsay Bequest to flyleaf, ink shelfmark to pastedown, handful of pencil underlinings and marginal marks.


These memoirs by Scottish clergyman and bishop Henry Guthrie (c.1600-1676) were circulated in manuscript form in the 17th century and first printed in London in 1702. This second edition represents its first Scottish printing, and the text is preceded by a 2-page glossary of 'some old Scots words and phrases' therein. The memoirs 'proved popular as a brief account of the troubles in Scotland, but their reliability is variable. They are valuable for events in the church in which Guthrie was himself involved, but though much of what he writes on politics was based on hearsay, it often preserves useful anecdotes' (ODNB).

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