The Secret and True History of the Church of Scotland, from the Restoration to the year 1678. To which is added, an account of the Murder of Archbishop Sharp, by James Russell, an actor therein. Edited from the MSS. by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe.

  • Kirkton, Rev. James
  • Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. 1817


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FIRST EDITION, 4to, pp. [ii], xlix, [i], 484 + frontispiece and 2 other plates, two illustrations within the text. Contemporary quarter red cloth, grey boards, printed paper label to spine. Scattered toning and foxing, a little soiled, some offsetting from plates. Boards a little grubby, some wear to extremities, small area of damage to top of front board, endpapers renewed.


James Kirkton (d. 1699) completed this history several years before his death, 'apparently in reaction to Scotch Presbyterian Eloquence' (ODNB), a satirical tract which had attacked him primarily. The history circulated in manuscript throughout the eighteenth century; this is its first appearance in print.

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