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Account of an old Pamphlet, entitled, followed up this measure, by appoint
PRESBYTERIAN INQUISITION, as it ing a certain number of visitors for was lately practised against the Pro- each of the Universities. These visifessors of the COLLEGE of EDIN- tors, besides clergymen, consist of BURGH, August and September 1690. many persons, the most distinguished Licensed November 12. 1691, Lon. for rank and consideration in the dos.
country, who seem to have acted with
great zeal on the occasion. Among THIS HIS is the title of a pamphlet these were the Duke of Hamilton, the
which was published by a zealous Earls of Argyle, Crawford, Morton, anti-presbyterian, and perhaps one se- Cassils, Kintore, Marshall, Lothian; cretly attached to the Stuart cause, Viscounts Stairs and Arbuthnot; As I find it is little known, a short Lords Carmichael, Cardross, Elphinabstract of it may not be uninterest- ston, Ruthven ; Sir John Hall
, Sir Paing.
trick Home, Sir William Hamilton, The proceedings of which the wri- Sir John Maxwell, &c. These perter complains, were grounded upon a sons' are empowered to try and ensuspicion that the Professors were se- quire if any of the masters be errocretly attached to popery and the neous in doctrine, Papists, Arminians, cause of the Stuarts. The writer, or Socinians; and this is to be discohowever, undertakes to prove that vered, either by their own dictates or the Masters of that Universities' the information of others; if any
be greatest crimes, were their places and scandalous or, immoral in their life and preferments.”
conversation ; if any be negligent, and An act was passed in 1690, by the how many conveniendums they have, Parliament of Scotland, enjoining all &c. to enquire into their sufficiency, inembers of the universities to sign the and if any be suspect of insufficiency, confession of faith, and to swear the to try and examine hin, also to enoath of allegiance. The execution of quire, “ what has been the carriage of this act being entrusted to a certain the Masters since the late happy renumber of visitors, many of whom volutions, as to their Majesty's gowere presbyterian ministers, they, vernment and their coming to the says he, “ were not wanting in their crown, and what are their principles diligence, to screw up every thing to as to the constitution of the governthe greatest height against the episco- ment by king and parliament, &c.". pal ministers.” Accordingly messen- Having settled these and other rules gers were sent to the market cross of of trial, the Committees were appointEdinburgh, and other large towns in ed to meet at the respective universiScotland, to call publicly upon allties on the 20th of August. That professors and teachers to conform to appointed to visit the university of the above act, and also “ to summon Edinburgh, accordingly met in the and warn all the leidges who have upper hall, and Sir John Hall was any thing to object against the said chosen preses. For some reason or principal, professors, regents, masters other the meeting was delayed till of the said Universities, and school- that day se’enight. Dr Monro, Prin. masters, to compear, and give in objec- cipal of the College, was then called tions against the principal, professors, in, and had a number of charges read regents, and others aforesaid.” Of against him, which he was required to this clause, our author complains grie- answer. His replies are given at vously, and seemingly not without length, of which we shall make a short reason. The presbyterians, however, abstract,
1. He renounced the protestant re. intercepted by Hamilton of Kinkell, ligion, and subscribed himself a Papist which was thought to betray disaffecbeyond sea. The Doctor replies, that tion to the government, both in church this charge was impossible, since the and state. He had complained, it Papists require no subscription; that seems, of the oppression of the clergy, it was supported by no evidence, and and had used the words fanatic and that he could even prove its falsehood presbyterian as synonimous. This the by those who knew him while he was Doctor either explains away, or apoabroad, had he been so inclined, he logizes for, as having been written in had a fair opportunity of declaring a fit of ill humour ; complaining griehimself, before the restoration. Yet vously of Hamilton for breaking open did they not remember the sermons his letter. he preached against popery in the 5. He demitted his charge in the High church of Edinburgh, and the High Church, lest he should be obliged Abbey of Holyroodhouse, when our to pray for K. William and Q. Mary. zealous reformers were very quiet - The Doctor states, that in his demisThis article was dropt.
sion he had assigned no such reason ; 2. He favoured and procured scho- that he could name others; and that lars for a Mr Burnet, who was sus- the allegation rested on mere conpected of popery. He declares in an- jecture. He asserts that the Presbyswer, that so far from favouring Mr terians had expressed no displeasure Burnet's entrance into the college, he at the time, but seemed extremely opposed it with all his might; he wish- happy to get the church into their ed, instead of him, a gentleman in the own hands. old college of St Andrews, for whom 6. Herejoiced at Lord Dundee's victohe had a high esteem. “But Mr Bur- ry. The Doctor calls upon his accuser, net, says he, being thrust in upon us to name any outward sign or expres(more by the Duke of Gordon than sion of joy.“ He thinks I rejoiced, the Earl of Perth,) what could I do says he, and therefore sets it down as with him? My care of this house ob- a ground of accusation. But to make liged me to make him as useful as I his story pass, why did he not name could : He lay under the suspicion of the usual and extravagant frolics that being popish, but this I knew to be a attend such mirth? where was it? and calumny; and if I had not endea- with what company was he invited voured to get him some scholars, we to this merry meeting himself ?- The should have wanted one entire class in libeller does not think I rejoiced at the college."
the fall of my Lord Dundee ; I assure 3. That at the time when there was him of the contrary, for no gentleman, no national church government, he read soldier, scholar, or civilized citizen, the English service in his family. will find fault with me for this; I had This the Doctor fully acknowledges, an extraordinary value for him; and and declares, that when all sects were such of his enemies, as retain any ge
tolerated, he thought himself fully nerosity, will acknowledge he deserjustified in following that form of ved it." And he should consider, that worship which, he asserts, had been the victories obtained in a civil war first used in Scotland. He expresses are no true cause of joy." the most zealous attachment to epis- 7. He persecuted a Mr Gourlay for copacy, as the only bulwark in Bri- being presbyterian, exactly at the time of tain to retard or stop the progress of his being licensed to fireach by the presbyeither popery or enthusiasm.
tery. This persecution Dr M. throws 4. This charge is founded on a let- entirely upon the students. The fact, ter to the Archbishop of St Andrews, he says, with regard to this trifte, was,
that Mr Gourley had attempted to as they do not contain any thing very teach the second class in Mr Ken- interesting, I shall not recapitulate nedy's absence; “ but the boys then them. In consequence of this examinafound him quite out of his element, and tion, however, a Report is drawn up, drove him out of the schools with snow- which, as might be supposed, is extremeballs, to the foot of the college wynd.- ly unfavourable, and which is immediThis, he says, happened some years ately followed by a sentence of deprivabefore he came to the college ; but tion, signed by the Earl of Crawford. Mr G. having again attempted to The author has added Vong commentabeach, experienced similar insults. He ries upon every sentence of the Report. then applied to Dr Monro, who, even The only thing in his part of this perbefore hearing the students in their formance, which is very interesting, is own defence, imposed on some of them one from which it appears, that it was a pecuniary mulct. The students, then customary for the Principal to however, on learning these proceed- deliver public instructions every Wedings; “ caballed themselves into a more nesday on the first principles of the numerous combination, so that Mr Christian religion, which were attendGourley found it convenient to retire, ed by all the students without excepas he could not live in the college tion. The charge against the Doctor without a guard.” But the Doctor is, that one year he catechized instead says, that on this occasion no names of giving dictates: to which he replies, were given in to him and he appears that such a method appeared to him accordingly to have taken no charge of better suited to the capacity of the the matter: upon the whole, he seems at younger students ; that Bishop Leigliheart rather to approve their conduct, ton had merely delivered lectures viva and declares that they are as obedient voce, without obliging the students to and regular, as so many youths in any copy them, and that Principal Adam part of the world.
son had, like himself, catechized. 8. He heard, without answering, Qu. When, and why, was this praca Dr Pitcairn ridicule the Westminster tice discontinued ? enfession, and impugn the existence of Dr Strachan's examination follows a Deity: He was not in his desk on next. He is much bolder than Dr that day, nor called upon to answer Monro, declares his zealous attachDr Pitcairn. His good friend, how- ment to cpiscopaty, and laments the ever, was well qualified to answer só unchristian and barbarous courses, for himself; and so far had he been which were taken to prevent its orderfrom impugning the existence of a ly establishment here when that loyal Deity, that he merely endeavoured, martyr, of blessed and glorious inelike a true philosopher, to load some mory, was endeavouring to do it for parts of the Thesis with that absurdi- the good of the church and kingdom." ty!
He even expresses a wish that a re9. He presented to the Lord Chan, conciliation with the church of Rome xllor an Eucharistic poem, composed might be effected by means of mutual on the birth of the Prince of Wales. concession. He declares, that he conWhere his accuser had the epithetsiders the doctrines of passive obeEucharistic, Dr Munro knows not; dience and non-resistance to be sound but is sure the bonefires, illuminations, points of divinity, duly stated and quaglasses, and wine flang over the cross, lified. His sentence was of course the were at least as Eucharistic as his poem. same with that of Dr Monro. The town of Edinburgh therefore This pamphlet does not carry on should answer for it, not he.
the history of the transaction any
farThere are several other charges, but ther. But we are inforined by ano
ther episcopal publication *, that be- pounded of Cru-Dan, i. e. the slaughsides Dr Monro and Dr Strachan, five ter of the Danes. Dundee has been of the masters were turned out. These rendered Donum Dei, &c. &c. This were the two professors of divinity, inuir is of great extent, and nearly Mr John Drummond, professor of phi- level. It contains many antiquities, lology, Mr Alex. Douglas, professor such as remains of ancient fortificaof the Oriental languages, and Mr tions, sepulchral tumuli, &c. but the Thomas Burnet, professor of philoso- most prominent of these is the ancient phy. Dr Gregory, professor of the Mon-reidh, or place of execution. It mathematics, was connived at for a stands a little to the east of an extenwhile.
sive encampment, which tradition asLord Carmichael, who was presi- cribes to the Picts. These Gallow dent of the Committee for visiting hills are frequent over all Scotland, Glasgow college, is said to have been and, from their peculiar structure, easia inan of much greater moderation ly distinguished from all others. For than Sir John Hall. Dr Fall, the the benefit of such of your corresponPrincipal, however, having refused the dents as are not acquainted with the fest, was necessarily turned out, as Gaelic, I must observe that Reidh is was Dr Weem, professor of Divinity, pronounced Ri. As to Mon, and muir, Professors Blair and Gordon. But they are modem adjections, the origithe most severely treated of all was nal name being Mon-ri. Thus Benthe University of St Andrews, where loch, i. e. the hill of the loch, by the Lord Crawford presided, and in which modern adjection of mont and law, has the Professors were turned out ad unum been tortured into Benlomondlaw.
The University of Aberdeen But with what propriety can any anwas left for the present unmolested. tiquarian render this muir Mons RoThis the writer charitably imputes to manus, with the ancient Mon-ri staits remoteness, and to the incapacity ring him in the face. of the presbyterians for lecturing in Penpont, i. e. Pen-Punt, i. e. the Latin.
Weight-Hill, is the name of a parish on the banks of the Nith, about 25 miles
distant from its influx into Solway Gaelic Etymologies and Antiquities.
Firth. It has also been tortured into
ingenious analysers, it seems, chose raTo the Editor. SIR,
ther to make Solway Firth climb over MON-ri-mon-muir, 1. e. Mon-reilk- bills and precipices, and inundate the
mon-muir, i. e. the muir of the country to the distance of 25 miles, Gallow or Wytkie Hill, is situated in than be driven out of their favourite Forfarshire, about three miles to the etymology, Pene-Pontus. It is well southward of Brechin. It has been known that, in the Hebrides, the Craig
of the latinized Mons Romanus, Indeed money rent, and the Craig of
the rent in kind still remain. Pen. there appears to have been at one time a strong predilection to deriye every those hills where the rent in kind.
Punt appears to have been one of thing from the Latin. Cruden, a parish in Buchan, has been rendered (such as wool, butter cheese, &c.) was Cruor Danorum, whereas it is com
weighed over to the landlord, and hence it seems to have taken the
name of Pen Punte, or the weighing • An account of the late establishment of presbyterian government by the hill
. I need hardly point out that Parliament of Scotland, Anno 1690, Pen and Ben are synonimous, and that London 1693, P. 93.
Punt is the radix of the Scots Pund,