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Collection on the Church of Scotland

Identifier: MSS 3842

Scope and Contents

Donated to L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Lloyd and Martha Martin in 1980.

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a fac-simile of the Covenant of Scotland. The facsimile was created by Gellatly and White, lithographers in Edinburgh, Scotland circa 1861 and it includes the autographs of all the principal Covenanters. The National Covenant of Scotland was signed by numerous Scotsman at a ceremony in Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh in February 1638. The Covenant was created in protest to King Charles I proposing to add the Book of Common Prayer to the liturgical services of the Church of Scotland. While the Covenant reinforced loyalty to the King, it soundly rejected innovations to their religion. The collection also includes five Church of Scotland communion tokens, or pew coins, accompanied by a brief inventory of the included coins. And lastly, the collection contains letters from Alex. Malcolm Davidson to "The Missionary in Charge". These letters include brief information about the history of the National Covenant, as well as the monetary value of the fac-simile, and one envelope addressed to “The Missionary in Charge, The Mormon Church” in Edinburgh from Alex. M. Davidson.


  • 1707-1951


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Collection on the Church of Scotland must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical note

Archibal Johnston (1611-1663) participated in the Covenanter's movement in Scotland. He was made Lord Wariston in 1641. In 1663 was charged with treason and hung.

Archibald Johnston was a Scottish judge and statesman. He provided Scottish Covenanters with legal aid. While drafting the National Covenant of Scotland, Johnston made sure that the Covenant did not break any laws. In 1641 he was made a lord of session. The title Lord Wariston came from some lands that he had purchased outside of Edinburgh. When Charles II was restored as king he charged Lord Wariston with treason. After fleeing the country, Johnston was caught, returned to Edinburgh and hung in 1663.

Biographical note

Alexander Henderson (c. 1583 – 19 August 1646) was an important ecclesiastical statesman in Scotland.

Alexander Henderson was the second founder of the Reformed Church in Scotland and largely responsible for the final form of the National Covenant of Scotland. Throughout his life he served as a councilor on ecclesiastical matters, both applying to Scotland and England. Henderson was elected by the town council as recotr of Edinburgh University in 1640 which he was reelected to each year until his death in 1646.


2 folders (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lloyd and Martha Martin; 1980.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Lindsay Larson; March 2007.

Register of Collection on the Church of Scotland
John M. Murphy, Curator and Lindsay Larson, 19th Century Manuscripts Processor
2007 March
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States