Scottish-Dutch Reformed Theological Links in the Seventeenth Century

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This article explores links between Scottish and Dutch Reformed theologians in the seventeenth century against the backdrop of a broader set of social connections between Scotland and the Netherlands at that time. The article asserts that this social history is crucial in explaining the speed with which seventeenth-century Scottish and Dutch Reformed Christians were able to develop strong bonds. The remainder of the article provides an overview of the key players in these Scottish-Dutch relations: John Forbes of Alford (c. 1565−1634), Willem Teellinck (1579−1629), John Forbes of Corse (1593−1648), Robert Baillie (1602−62), John Brown of Wamphray (1609−79), Robert MacWard (c. 1633−87), John Livingstone (1603−72), and Samuel Rutherford (c. 1600−61). This article serves as a call for more research in this significant and much-neglected area of study in historic Scottish-Dutch relations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-148
Number of pages17
JournalDutch Crossing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Event‘Precious ties of a common faith’? Nederlands - Schotse calvinistische betrekkingen - Theologische Universiteit Kampen, Kampen, Netherlands
Duration: 13 May 2011 → …


  • Calvinism
  • Reformed Theology
  • Scottish-Dutch religious relations
  • Seventeenth century


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