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Scottish objections to the Book of Common Prayer

Some revisions to the 1559 prayer book were made by James I in 1604, but attempts by Charles I to introduce a version of the Prayer Book in Scotland in 1637 met with strong resistance and contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War.

In 1645 Parliament passed an ordinance which banned the Book of Common Prayer and replaced it with the 'Directory for the Public Worship of God'.  Anyone found using the prohibited Prayer Book would be subject to a fine or even imprisonment.


The Scotts' Remonstrance and theire Reasons against the Booke of Comon Prayers



Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, BRY/2/ff.3-10