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Book Description
The Highland Tour took place in 1845, with both Alexander Beith and his companion Robert Smith Candlish numbered amongst the 474 ministers who in 1843 left the Established Church and formed the Free Church of Scotland, as such they were investigating the condition of their flock in the outer reaches of Scotland. Beith and Candlish began their tour at Islay then travelled up the West Coast visiting Skye and then on to Lochalsh before crossing the country to Dingwall, the Black Isle and Inverness before heading back to Edinburgh. The hospitality was great, with interesting descriptions of minister’s and their families living in poor conditions having forsaken their Manses as they were still yet to have either a new church or home built. Much of the tour seems to have been something of an evidence gathering exercise and confirming the deep religiosity of the adherents to the new church and the travails they had to endure. In 1847 Beith gave evidence on the question of sites before a committee of the House of Commons, after the refusal of several landowners to sell land on which Free Church buildings could be erected, the note he made on this tour were probably taken first and he very likely arranged to have his notes of the tour published as something of a memorial to Candlish, who had died in 1873. To put the tour in context, the Free Church, more often than not, conducted their services in barns and the open air. The adherents to Established Church refused to sell land or help in any way the cause of the Free Church, the Scottish affliction of church disputes and schisms can be seen as something of a substitute for political debate after the loss of the parliament in 1707, and of course the travellers were both looking to review and give support in furthering free church aims.
Dealer Notes
OCLC locates copies at British Library, Tyndale University and Toronto, with COPAC adding copies at the universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Aberdeen and a second edition at Oxford.
Author BEITH, Alexander.
Date 1874
Binding original publisher’s decorated cloth, spine darkened, covers dust marked, corners and top and bottom of spine bumped and rubbed, text in very good, clean condition.
Publisher Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black.
Condition FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. viii, 271 pages; frontispiece portrait plate;

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