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Title: The progress of Evangelicalism in the Western Isles, 1800-1850
Author: MacLeod, R.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1977
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In the first half of the nineteenth century the Highlands and Islands of Scotland were affected by social and economic changes. During that half-century the religious life of the people of the Western Isles was also transformed, so that by the time of the Disruption, Skye and the Outer Hebrides had become a stronghold of Evangelicalism. The purpose of this thesis is to explore and evaluate the different forces which moulded the religious thinking and practice of the Presbyterian population of the islands during that period. Because parishes were extensive and ministers few, religion in many remote areas must have been of a nominal nature, although there was much traditional religious lore extant among the people. Endeavours which were made in the first half of the nineteenth century to improve the educational and religious lot of the Hebrideans introduced to the Western Isles earnest men of Evangelical faith. A revival movement began whose impact is still felt in the twentieth century. For the purposes of this survey the three Presbyteries of Skye, Lewis and Uist are included in the term "Western Isles" - the Argyllshire islands, with their distinctive religious history, are omitted.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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