Covenanter History Resources

Interested in learning of the storied history of the Scottish Covenanters and their Reformed Presbyterian descendants? You've come to the right place.

Here are some of the resources that I used to assemble the Historical Survey episodes of the Covenanter Cast:

Resources around the Web:

The most comprehensive historical course you can obtain on the Internet is undoubtedly the 70-part opus of Dr. Jeff Spitler of Stillwater RPCNA:

Sinclair Horne of the Scottish Reformation Society hosts this 1990 documentary of the Covenanters which is made available on YouTube in six parts:

The inimitable Rev David Silversides of the Reformed Presbyterian church in Northern Ireland has given numerous talks on the history of the Covenanters and they are available at has many interesting portraits of Covenanters and some beautiful visual historical timelines of the Scottish Reformations and Covenanter history.

Pastor Brown of Westminster RPCNA (IL) has a great 15-part outline on Reformed Presbyterian history:

The Resources page is comprehensive.


The Solemn League and Covenant

The Covenant of 1871

Notable Books:

W.M. Glasgow, The History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America

David Stevenson, The Covenanters: The National Covenant and Scotland (Edinburgh, 1988), pp 45-58.

Maurice Grant, No King but Christ: the story of Donald Cargill (Darlington, 1988)

M’Crie, Thomas, The Life of John Knox (Edinburgh, 1811)

M’Crie, Thomas, The Life of Andrew Melville (Edinburgh, 1819)

Men of the Covenant: The Story of the Scottish Church in the Years of the Persecution by Alexander Smellie  (Banner of Truth)

The story of the Scottish Church from the Reformation to the Disruption by Thomas M'Crie

Fair Sunshine: Character Studies of the Scottish Covenanters by Jock Purves

Memoirs of the Church of Scotland by Daniel Defoe (1717)

Testimony of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland: Historical and Doctrinal (Glasgow, 1866 [1837, 1839]) 

Wodrow, Robert, History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland, ed. Robert Burns (4 vols, Glasgow, 1828-30)

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