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Synodical Government in the Scottish Episcopal Church

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 July 2008


‘In Scotland the Church is fortunately in a position of practical independence of the State. Whatever difficulties and hindrances affect the Church in Scotland, and they are many, are more than balanced by the non-interference of the temporal power.’ So wrote Canon Lempriére in 1903, and so it remains. As a result it has adapted to changing circumstances more easily than a body established by law.

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Copyright © Ecclesiastical Law Society 1996

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1 Prelacy Act 1689 (June 5 c 4).

2 The Scottish Episcopalians Act 1711 (10 Anne c 10) is generally known as 'the Toleration Act 1712'.

3 Church Patronage (Scotland) Act 1718 (5 Geo 1 c 29).

4 Episcopal Meeting Houses (Scotland) Act 1745(19Geo2c38); Cattle Theft (Scotland) Act 1747(21 Geo 2 c 34) (which deals with letters of orders of episcopal ministers in Scotland as well as with a variety of other topics). The inconsistency in years is because of the different calendars employed in Scotland and England.

5 Scottish Episcopalians Relief Act 1792 (32 Geo 3 c 63).

6 Scottish Episcopal and Other Clergy Act 1840 (3 & 4 Viet c 33): Episcopal Church (Scotland) Act 1864 (27 & 28 Viet c 94).