The Secret and True History of the Church of Scotland, from the Restoration to the year 1678. To which is added, an account of the Murder of Archbishop Sharp, by James Russell, an actor therein. Edited from the MSS. by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe.

Kirkton, Rev. James

  • Publication details - Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co.
  • Date - 1817


Stock Number: 2398 Category: Tags: ,

FIRST EDITION, 4to, pp. [ii], xlix, [i], 484 + frontispiece and 2 other plates, two illustrations within the text. Contemporary sprinkled calf, green morocco label to spine. Some foxing, faint dampmark to upper fore-corner near end, illustrations offset onto facing pages. Rebacked in a reddish sheep, preserving old spine, endpapers renewed, old leather rubbed and scratched. Ownership inscription of Baron Hume dated 1824 to title-page.


James Kirkton (d. 1699) completed this history several years before his death, 'apparently in reaction to Scotch Presbyterian Eloquence' (ODNB), a satirical tract which had attacked him primarily. The history circulated in manuscript throughout the eighteenth century; this is its first appearance in print. This copy belonged to the judge and legal scholar David Hume (1757-1838), nephew of the philosopher of the same name, who was appointed Baron of the Exchequer in 1822.

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