The experience of discipline in parish communities in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1638 - 1651

  • Claire McNulty

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


From 1638 until 1651, and in response to the unpopular religious innovations of Charles I, the Covenanters, Scotland’s leading Presbyterian divines, enforced a programme of moral reform that was intended to re-shape the lives of every member of society. This thesis is a bottom-up history of their attempts at religious revolution – it is about the impact of religious change on the everyday lives of Edinburgh’s inhabitants. It is a qualitative analysis, organised around a series of case studies of Edinburgh parishes that illuminate the importance of ordinary individuals in transforming Scottish culture and society during a period of significant upheaval.
Date of AwardJul 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SupervisorCrawford Gribben (Supervisor) & Ian Campbell (Supervisor)


  • Church discipline
  • reformed
  • early modern history
  • Edinburgh
  • Scotland
  • Covenanters

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