Excerpt from The Story of the Scottish Church: From the Earliest Times On the occasion of recent visit to the Grand Fleet, the Dean of the Thistle and Chapel Royal was reported in the daily press to have been asked by a naval officer a propos of the name of a patrol craft, And who was Jenny Geddes? The question, it is to be feared, is symptomatic of much popular igrance concerning the national Church. The following pages have been written with the object of providing the general reader with a brief sketch of the history of the Church of Scotland. For his convenience there are added in an Appendix some tes to elucidate matters of interest instead of referring to works t always readily accessible. It has been my earnest desire and endeavour to write thing unfair or uncharitable towards those from whose opinions on ecclesiastical matters I have been led to differ. As occasion seemed to call for it, the words of representative authorities have been quoted and references given to the works consulted. I desire to express my very sincere thanks to Brigadier-General the Rev. J. A. M'Clymont, D.D., V.D., Principal Chaplain, Depute-Clerk of the General Assembly, for his advice and help; and also to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, the Rev. Norman Maclean, D.D., the Rev. Patrick M. Playfair, D.D., P. Macgregor Chalmers, Esq., La., and Thomas Liddle, Esq., for their kindness in providing me with illustrations. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.