Fr Emsley will talk on Jacobitism and the Saga of an Episcopalian Odyssey. It will be given by Zoom (only) on Monday 6th December at 1.00pm.

Synopis: This lecture seeks to illustrate the origins of the Episcopal Communion in Scotland from within the Church of Scotland. The Aberdeen Doctors in the reign of Charles I and the First Scottish Enlightenment in Aberdeen between 1680 and 1745 had great influence on the development of Episcopalian thought in the Jacobite period.
William Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland, in the North and North East was out to extirpate non-juring Jacobite Episcopacy from Scots soil and he almost succeeded. If support for Jacobitism was a physical, political, temporal and ecclesiastical disaster for Episcopalianism then there was another side: as far as theology, ecclesiology and liturgy were concerned, the opposite story is true.
Out of the ashes, a new world ecclesial communion was born in amoeba with the consecration of a bishop apud Americanos in Aberdeen in 1784. By the end of the 18th century, after the Repeal of the Penal Laws in 1792, the two strands of Episcopacy in Scotland …the majority non-juring (Jacobite) and the minority Qualifed Chapels were uniting… to form a new church in 1804. But it was at a price… Much of the distinctive Scottishness of Episcopalianism was seen to be sacrificed on the altar of Anglicisation.

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