Religion and the rise of liberalism: The first disestablishment campaign in Scotland, 1829-1843

  title={Religion and the rise of liberalism: The first disestablishment campaign in Scotland, 1829-1843},
  author={Stewart J. Brown},
  journal={The Journal of Ecclesiastical History},
  • Stewart J. Brown
  • Published 1 October 1997
  • History
  • The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
On 18 May 1843, the Established Church of Scotland was broken up by the Disruption, as most of the Evangelical party walked out of the annual meeting of the General Assembly. They left in protest over lay patronage in appointments to church livings and what they perceived as the State's refusal to recognise the Church's spiritual independence. In all over a third of the ministers and perhaps half the lay membership left the establishment. On the day of the Disruption, the prominent Edinburgh… 
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