The (almost) Jenny Geddes Moment – Reflections on the Kirking of the Scottish Parliament – 11th May 2016


On Sunday 23rd of July 1637 in St Giles Cathedral, one act of one working class woman created a disturbance which eventually led to the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, the English Civil War and eventually the beheading of Charles the 1st.   When the Dean of Edinburgh began to read the Anglican book of Common Prayer, Jenny Geddes, a street seller, picked up her stool and threw it at him shouting ““De’il gie you colic, the wame o’ ye, fause thief; daur ye say Mass in my lug?” meaning

“Devil cause you colic in your stomach, false thief: dare you say the Mass in my ear?”.

On Wednesday May the 11th 2016 in St Giles Cathedral I was invited to attend (but not take part in) the ‘Kirking of the Parliament’. As I sat yesterday at the back of St Giles in Edinburgh, facing Prince Charles…

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