Select Biographies in Two Volumes
This majestic two-volume set, with over 1,000 pages, constitutes one of the greatest treasures of Scottish Christian literature. All are collected from manuscripts of The Scottish Puritans contained in The Library of the Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh, Scotland.
In brief chapters, we meet famous and revered figures such as John Welsh, David Dickson, William Guthrie, James Fraser of Brea, but also the lesser known and long forgotten, like the land-labourer of Carrick, John Stevenson. Here are the stories and reflections of men and women who, in times of great darkness, testing, and suffering, tasted what the author of Hebrews calls ‘the powers of the age to come’.
Endorsement from Dr. Sinclair Ferguson
“This is a magnificent two-volume set, calculated to stir the soul and to find a place of honour and affection in every Christian who loves to read the thrilling history of the Scottish church!”
— Sinclair B. Ferguson
The 17th century was a dynamic period in Scottish church history, yet many of its rich records lay hidden in privately owned manuscripts for 200 years. It was only with the evangelical awakening of the 1840’s that close attention was given to their publication, and a Society, formed for that purpose in Edinburgh, took the name of the historian, Robert Wodrow (1679-1734). On the 26 volumes thus published subsequent authors have depended heavily, and particularly so with respect to the two volumes originally entitled Select Biographies.
In an era when Puritan literature is again being rediscovered their reprint is timely, providing as it does the opportunity to go back to first-hand sources. Here, for the most part, men and women live in their own words, or in the witness of their contemporaries. The 19th-century editor, William Tweedie, himself an evangelical leader, thought it worthwhile to be the editor of this rare material, and all who have possessed them endorse his judgment.