The Moidart Timewarp
by Tim Roberton

1550 - 1575
In which Mary of Guise tried to bring Clanranald (VII) to heel, a member of the clan had a brawl in Inverness and John Knox returned to Scotland from Geneva, fired up with Calvinistic doctrine.

1554 Mary of Guise sought to bring Clanranald under control (he had in 1552 refused to meet the Regent) and she sent Huntley and Argyll to crush him. They tried to catch him in Moidart, but did not succeed and returned empty handed. - Moidart Among the Clanranalds,Charles MacDonald, Ed John Watts.

1558 One of the most frequent sources of contact between the burgh of Inverness and the "clannit men" was through trade. Clanranald was recorded as having come to Inverness with "merchandace" for John Nilson - an apparently peaceful action which led to trouble when another burgess, Nicoll Kar, tried to recover the debt that Clanranald owed to him. In the ensuing brawl, "Johne set on the sayd Necoll to the intent to haf slane him", and involved two of Clanranald's men in the attack. The burgh court found in favour of John. The Hub of the Highlands, The book of Inverness and District, page 190.

1559 John Knox returned from Geneva, deeply imbued with Calvinistic doctrine. The reformation in Scotland, unlike England, was driven by the people making the Crown go along with them, rather than the other way around. By the time that Mary, Queen of Scots came to the throne in 1561, despite the fact that Scotland had been administered with the help of French troops during the preceding regency, Presbyterianism was firmly established and the country already "reformed". When she fled Scotland in 1568, the Roman Catholic system was rooted out of Scotland and Presbyterianism reigned supreme. A New History of Great Britain, RB Mowat, page 249

1560 Following the Reformation of 1560, the collapse of the old church in Scotland was comprehensive. The last Catholic Bishop of the pre-Reformation period, James Beaton, died in exile in 1603 and for almost another century, Scottish Catholics remained without episcopal leadership. Eighteenth Century Scotland, New Perspectives, TM Devine and JR Young, page 92, Essay by James F McMillan

Before 1550

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