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OF

THE LAWS

OF THE

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.

SECOND EDITION.

Part Second.

NEC TAMEN CONSUMEBATUR.

EDINBURGH:
EDINBURGH PRINTING AND PUBLISHING CO.

GLASGOW: J. SMITH AND SON, AND M. OGLE.
ABERDEEN: BROWN AND CO. AND LEWIS SMITH.
LONDON: SMITH, ELDER, AND CO.

M.DCCC. XL.

THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY

NOV 24 1915

ANDOVER
THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

aldo, 312

EDINBURGH PRINTING COMPANY, 12, SOUTH ST DAVID STREET. OP THE

CTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

OF

THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND,

FROM 1560 TO 1840.

WITH A

UMMARY VIEW OF THE VARIOUS ACTS OF PARLIAMENT RELATIVE TO
THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND ; A PRACTICAL ACCOUNT OF THE COURT
OF TEINDS; A DIGEST OF DECISIONS IN THE LAW OF SCOTLAND,
RELATIVE TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF THE CHURCH AND
CLERGY; NOTES ON THE POOR-LAWS, PAROCHIAL

SCHOOLS, &e.

AND

AN ENLARGED ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEDURE OF THE COMMISSIONS

OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME PUBLISHED FROM THE ORIGINAL RECORDS.

SECOND EDITION.

NEC TAMEN CONSUMEBATUR.

EDINBURGH:
EDINBURGH PRINTING AND PUBLISHING CO.

12, SOUTH ST DAVID STREET.

M.DCCC.XL.

Scot.

INTRODUCTION

TO THE FIRST EDITION OF

TABRIDGMENT OF THE ACTS OF THE

GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

In the year 1706, an Abridgment of the Acts of the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland was compiled by the Reverend Mr Bell ; and about the same time Mr John Dundas, principal clerk of the Assembly, and agent for the Church, undertook a similar work, which was brought down to the year 1720. In 1801, the Reverend Robert Gillan republished this latter work ; and in 1821 he published a new edition of it, with a continuation up to that date.

Mr Dundas Abridgment, of which, indeed, so far as it goes, Mr Gillan's is a mere transcript, both in the matter and arrangement, was in its original plan and structure objectionable ; for, besides the legislative acts of the supreme authority of the Church, strictly considered, it was encumbered with a mass of addresses, exhortations, and other papers, which were of a temporary nature, and which never were clothed with the

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