Consolidating the Reformation: the Assembly of April 1578

Saturday 16th April 2016, DV.


The General Assembly of April 1578 was held in the Magdalen Chapel because the usual venue, the Tolbooth, was not available on account of the disturbed state of the country. It was a formative time in Presbyterian history with the Second Book of Discipline under discussion. The Moderator of the Assembly was Andrew Melville.


Conference Programme:

11.15-11.30. Introduction and devotions

11.30-12.15. “The Background to the Assembly”, Rev. Douglas Somerset

12.30-1.15. Lunch

1.15-2.15. “Public Fasting and Prayer”, Matthew Vogan (1 hr)

2.30-3.15. “The Assembly and the Second Book of Discipline”, Rev. Douglas Somerset

Conference closes 3.30 pm.


Venue: Magdalen Chapel, 41 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JR

Booking: The conference is limited to 40 people on account of space, so prior booking is essential. There is a fee of £8 to cover the conference expenses. Please send a cheque, payable to the Scottish Reformation Society, to the Booking Secretary, Mrs Deborah Coghill, Free Church Manse, Outend, Scalpay, Isle of Harris, HS4 3YG. Email:

Catering: Tea, coffee, and sandwiches will be provided and are included in the Conference fee.

Contact: For further information, please contact Rev. John J. Murray. Tel: (0141) 620 3983. Email: