A List of some Covenanter Books

A few are possible to buy new (in bold), the remainder may be seen in libraries (reference section) or could be purchased in second hand bookshops. Digitized versions of some titles are available online and websites are given where appropriate.

Aiton, John. The Life and Times of Alexander Henderson, Giving a History of the Second Reformation of the Church of

     Scotland, and of the Covenanters during the reign of Charles I. Edinburgh: Fraser & Co., 1836.,+Giving+a+++++History+of+the+Second+Reformation+of+the+Church+of+Scotland,+and+of+++++the+Covenanters+during+the+reign+of+Charles+I&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=HQ197_EtOJ&sig=bIqOvqvSj7uqtQJnm_3wYP1ogsA&hl=en&ei=iBK9Ss2MA5Cr4QbmqvXECQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Anderson, James. The Ladies of the Covenant. Glasgow: Blackie, 1851.,&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=pwI5Crslln&sig=tItB3wBPNDRRAsyDo77a3jX4ktU&hl=en&ei=5bi3Sqn6KZee4gbmo_R8&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Anonymous. Tales and Sketches of the Covenanters. London: Richard Edward King, c. 1900.

Atkinson, Tom. South-west Scotland (A guidebook which includes Covenanter references) Luath Press Ltd.

Barclay, John. Diary of Alexander Jaffray. London: Darton & Harvey, 1834.,+covenanter&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=YdviyURvRE&sig=Jk8l4ysoPe_vrhIPp432oTwAtaY&hl=en&ei=RWUjS8u2EZT94Abl6cHfCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CBYQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=alexander%20jaffray%2C%20covenanter&f=fals

Barr, J. The Scottish Covenanters. Glasgow: John Smith & Sons, 1947.

Beaton, Rev. D. Scottish Heroines of the Faith. London: D. Catt; Glasgow: N. Adshead & Son, 1909.

Binning, Rev. Hugh. The works of the Rev. Hugh Binning. Edinburgh and London: Fullarton, 1851.

Brewster, Donna. Second Daughter (fact based story). Dumfries: T. C.Farries, 1989.

Brown, James Wood. The Covenanters of the Merse. Bibliolife, 2009.

Cameron, Thomas. Peden the Prophet. Edinburgh: Blue Banner Productions, 1998.

Campbell, Thorbjörn. Standing Witnesses. Edinburgh: Saltire Society, 1996.

Carre, Walter Riddell. Border memories; or, Sketches of prominent  men and women of the border. Edinburgh: J. Thin, 1876.

Carslaw, Rev.W. H. Exiles of the Covenant. Scotpress, 2000.

Carslaw, Rev.W. H. ed. The Life and Letters of James Renwick the Last Scottish Martyr. Helensburgh: Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, 1893.

Chrystal, W. The Kingdom of Kippen: its history and traditions. Stirling: Munro and Jamieson, 1903.

Collins, G.N. Men of the Burning Heart. Edinburgh: Knox Press, 1983.

Covenanting Sites in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. The Stewartry Museum Service. Stewartry District Council, 1995.

Cook, Faith. Samuel Rutherford and his Friends. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1992.

Crockett, S.R. Men of the Moss Hags (Fact based story). Kennedy & Boyd, 2009.

Crockett, S.R. The Cherry Ribband (Fact based story). Hodder & Stoughton

Crockett, S.R. The Standard Bearer. London: Methuen & Co., 1898.

Crockett, S.R., Pennell, J. Raiderland; all about grey Galloway, its stories, traditions, characters, Humours. New York:

     Dodd, Mead and Company, 1904.

Daviot, Gordon. Claverhouse. London: Collins, 1937.

Dickson, James, A. (ed) Poems of Fighting Faith. Edinburgh: Blue Banner Productions, 1988.

Dobie, James, D. (ed. Dobie, J.S.) Cunninghame, Topographized by Timothy Pont 1604 - 1608, with continuations and

     illustrative notices. Glasgow: John Tweed.

Dobson, David. Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785. University of Georgia Press, 2004.

Dobson, David. Scots Banished to the American Plantations 1650-1775. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 1983.

Dodds, James. Lays of the Covenanters. J Maclaren & Son, 1880.

Dodds, James. The Fifty Year Struggle of the Scottish Covenanters. London: Houlston & Sons, 1868.

Dryerre, Rev. Heroes and Heroines of the Scottish Covenanters. Religious Tract Society.

Durisdeer, Ian; Penman, Alastair, I. M. More Stewartry Sketches. Castle Douglas The Forward Press, undated.

Fraprie, F. R. The Castles and Keeps of Scotland. London: L.C. Page & Company, 1932.,+fraprie&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=H4zN4xT8t9&sig=NrArXmDUrrjD_-6GUacdfVS270s&hl=en&ei=hA-9StGoG8b84Ab9_vXECQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Fraser, Catriona.  Kiltearn 2000, The Church in the Parish

Fraser, James. Memoirs of the life of the very Reverend Mr. James Fraser, of Brea. Alexander McKenzie, 1798.

Galbraith, Iain. By the Rivers of Water, Portrait of Bonhill Parish. Bonhill: The Kirk Session of Bonhill Parish Church, 1989.

Gillespie, George. A dispute against the English popish ceremonies, obtruded upon the Church of Scotland

Gilfillan, George. Martyrs, Heroes and Bards of the Scottish Covenant. London: Gall & Inglis, 1863.,+Heroes+and+Bards+of+the+Scottish+Covenant&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=5jWp442dj3&sig=Uj5LFNzi7PrQzMzN49HIBUKblM&hl=en&ei=yry3SqDYJ56O4gbboYl9&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Grant, M. The Lion of the Covenant. Evangelical Press, 2001.

Guthrie, Ellen. Tales of the Covenanters. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1880.

Guthrie, William. The Christian’s Great Interest, Guthrie. Edinburgh, 1658; reprint Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1969.'s+great+interest,+guthrie&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=7-vkuhb4TX&sig=8dPA9oqVy7TY4yuGgxnx71lBOQo&hl=en&ei=GxG9St-EDN6gjAf1j8E6&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Hetherington, W. M. The Works of George Gillespie, The Presbyterian’s Armoury. Edinburgh: Ogle, Oliver & Boyd, 1846.

Hewison, Dr. J. King. The Covenanters a history of the Church in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution.

     (Two volumes). Glasgow: John Smith & Son, 1908.

Hewison, James King. Dalgarnoc: its saints and heroes: a history of Morton, Thornhill and the Harknesses. Dumfries: Courier Press, 1935.

Horne, S. & Hardie, J. B. In the Steps of the Covenanters. Edinburgh: Scottish Reformation Society, 1974.

Howie, John. The Scots Worthies. Glasgow: W. R. McPhun, 1829. Volume I.

Howie, John. The Scots Worthies. Glasgow: W. R. McPhun, 1829. Volume II.

Volume II

Howie, John. Sermons Delivered in Times of Persecution in Scotland by Sufferers for the Royal

     Prerogatives of Jesus Christ. Johnstone, Hunter & Co., 1880.

Irving, David. Memoirs of the life and writings of George Buchanan. Bell and Bradfute, 1807.

Johnston, J. C. Treasury of the Scottish Covenant. Edinburgh: Andrew Elliott, 1887.

Johnston, J. C. Alexander Peden, The Prophet of the Covenant. Ireland: Mourne Missionary Trust 1988.

The Killing Times - An Information Leaflet About the Covenanters in Cumnock and Doon Valley District.Cumnock and

     Doon Valley District Library and Museum Service, no year given.

Knox, John. The Works of John Knox. (6 volumes) Ed. David Laing. Edinburgh: Bannantyne Club, 1846-1854; reprint

     Edmonton: Still Waters Revival Books, 1996.

Laing, David, ed. Brodie of Brodie, Alexander; Brodie of Brodie, James (1863) The diary of Alexander Brodie of

     Brodie, MDCLII-MDCLXXX. and of his son, James Brodie of Brodie, MDCLXXX-MDCLXXXV. consisting of

     extracts from the existing manuscripts, and a republication of the volume printed at Edinburgh in the year 1740

Lawson, Rev. R. The Covenanters of Ayrshire. Paisley: J. & R. Parlane, 1887.

*Lockerby, Thomas. A Sketch of the Life of the Rev. John Brown, Sometime Minister of the Gospel in Wamphray.

     Edinburgh: Thornton & Collie, 1839.

Lockyer, Herbert. Last Words of Saints and Sinners: 700 Final Quotes from the Famous, the Infamous, and the

     Inspiring Figures of History. Kregel Publications, 1969.

Lockyer, Herbert. Psalms - A Devotional Commentary. Kregel Publications, 1993.

Love, Dane, Scottish Covenanter Stories Neil Wilson Publishing, 2005

Love, Dane. The Covenanter Encyclopaedia. Ayr: Fort Publishing Ltd., 2009.

Love, Dane. The Covenanters and St John’s Town of Dalry, A Short Historical Guide. Dumfries and Galloway Council

     in association with the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association.

McCrie, Thomas, Miller, Hugh, etc. The Bass Rock: its civil and ecclesiastic history,  J. Greig & Son, 1848

McCrie, Rev. Thomas. Life of John Knox. Edinburgh: William Blackwood & Sons, 1855; reprint Edmonton: Still Waters Revival Books, 1996.

McDonald, Rev. M. The Covenanters in Moray and Ross. Inverness: Melven Brothers, 1892.

McFeeters, J. C. Sketches of the Covenanters. BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2007.

McKay, Archibald. The History of Kilmarnock. Archibald Mckay, 1880.

McKenna, R. W. Through Flood and Fire.

McKenna, R. W. Flower of the Heather.

McPherson, H. Outlaws for Freedom. Prot. Inst. of Scotland

Minute Book Kept by the War Committee of the Covenanters in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, in the years 1640

     and  1641. Kirkcudbright: F. Nicholson, 1855.,+in+the+years+1640+and&source=bl&ots=EvOV0g_I2x&sig=V3BohhpRq_0GOaTLfa7IY-ZHjms&hl=en&ei=tt1UTZP2AYfOhAeK0fygDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

Moffat, Alistair. The Borders - A History of the Borders from Earliest Times. Selkirk: Deerpark Press, 2002.

Moir, Bryce, W. The Flodden Wall. The Covenanters Prison on Greyfriars Yard Edinburgh. Edinburgh: T. & A. Constable, 1910.

Moore, E. N. Our Covenant Heritage. Christian Focus Publications.

Morton, A. S. Galloway and the Covenanters. Paisley: Alexander Gardner, 1914.,+morton&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=8hGQ_vu2Tk&sig=6DcRDdGrmslqM79BML6G5GuKfbA&hl=en&ei=u58DS9O8H-POjAfykby5AQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Morton Brown, Andrew. Peden the Prophet: A Tale of the Covenanters Founded on Fact. J. Snow, 1859.,+Andrew,+Peden+the+Prophet:+A+Tale+of+the+Covenanters+Founded+on+Fact&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=M65jUUBc5J&sig=fynDYYXZhM5SR7KxODUKXiguR1k&hl=en&ei=G8e9SruSA5CZjAf8yNUn&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Muirhead, P. T. James Ure of Shirgarton, 1886.

Orr, Brian, J. As God is my Witness. Bowie: Heritage Book, 2002.

Orr, Brian, J. A Layman’s Guide to the Scottish Reformation, 2004.

Orr, Brian, J. The Sojjers are Comin`. (CD database). Dumfries: Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society.

Pollock, R. Tales of the Covenanters. Edinburgh: W. Oliphant & Co., 1850.

Pollock, R. The Persecuted Family, A Narrative of the Sufferings of the Presbyterians BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008.,+A+Narrative+of+the+Sufferings+of+the+Presbyterians&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=FbYQEOYRAa&sig=mWPiUEO3abBUFS-2KG9s Se7tJw&hl=en&ei=QL63Suf0KOqd4Aaj7ol9&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Pollock, R., Ralph Gemmell, a Story of Covenanting Times. John Ritchie (Kilmarnock) date unknown

Purves, Jock. Fair Sunshine. The Banner of Truth Trust, 2003.

Purves, Jock. Sweet Believing. Ambassador Publications, 1999.

Rabb, T. D. The Two Kingdoms. Blackie & Son Limited.

Reid, Rev. H. M. B. The Kirk Above Dee Water. Castle Douglas: Adam Rae, 1895.

Ritchie, W. Scotland at the Time of the Covenanters. Longman.

Rogers, Charles. Life of George Wishart. Edinburgh: William Paterson, 1876.

Robertson, John, F. The Story of Galloway. Castle Douglas: J. H. Maxwell Ltd.

Rollock, Robert. Select Works of Robert Rollock, ed. William M. Gunn. Edinburgh: Wodrow Society, 1849.

Rowlan, Lawrence Sanders, Moore, Alexander, Rogers, George, C. The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina:

     1514-1861. The University of South Carolina Press, 1996.,+Lawrence+Sanders,+Moore,+Alexander,+Rogers,+George,+C.,+The+History+of+Beaufort++County,+South+Carolina:+1514-1861,+The+University+of+South+Carolina+Press,+1996&source=bl&ots=yvlgrjY3d6&sig=ujMHSr7qMElCiS5oAZqh1X-g168&hl=en&ei=WNO8SpT_A6ehjAfMmom_Cw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Roy, David. The Covenanters. Airdrie: The Covenanter Theological Institute, 1997.

Rutherford, Samuel. Letters of Samuel Rutherford. Holland: Robert McWard, 1664; reprint Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1996.

Shields, Alexander. The life and death of that eminently pious ... Mr. James Renwick, 1827.,+1827#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Shields, Alexander. A true and faithful relation of the sufferings of ... Mr. Alexander Shields, 1715.,+Alexander,+A+true+and+faithful+relation+of+the+sufferings+of+...+Mr.+Alexander+Shields,+1715,&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=kw4wRJOHJR&sig=oLTDWW8FFop3IMps9_7HeCBoI90&hl=en&ei=m8u9StTwItaZjAeV5olG&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Sime, William. History of the Covenanters of Scotland, Volume II. Edinburgh: Waugh and Innes, 1830.

Simpson, Rev. R. Martyrland, A Tale of the Days of the Covenanters. Glasgow: Pickering & Inglis, 1929.

Simpson, Rev. R. Traditions of the Covenanters. Edinburgh: John Johnstone, 1846

Smellie, Alexander. Men of the Covenant. The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975.

Stephen, Thomas, Sharp, James, The Life and Times of Archbishop (James) Sharp of  St. Andrews. Oxford University, 1839.,+of+St.+Andrews,&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=PkilbDwCOk&sig=TTx0BRxaZX53qiaL60xuZfwkyys&hl=en&ei=1sq9SvPiI96hjAepp5zkCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Stevenson, David. The Covenanters. Saltire Pamhlets, 1988.

Stewart, Sir James. Napthali or the Wrestlings of the Church of Scotland for the Kingdom of Christ. Edinburgh, 1693; reprint Edmonton: Still Waters Revival Books, 1996.

Stewartry District Council, Covenanting Sites in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright.

Dumfries: Stewartry Museum Service, 1995.

Story, R. H. William Carstares: a character and career of the revolutionary epoch. 1649-1715. London: MacMillan, 1874.,+william+carstares&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=bZpYCFEYFg&sig=leoK1O0PjMaw-bJa5ci6E6WDSv4&hl=en&ei=BQi9So3ZH9W24QaPzrXFCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Strathesk, John. Andrew Gillan. Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier.

Swan, Annie, S. Adam Hepburn’s Vow, a Tale of Kirk and Covenant. London: Cassell

Thomson, Rev. J. H. A Cloud of Witnesses. Edinburgh and London: Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier,1714.,+thomson&source=bl&ots=pOuGYZB01Y&sig=0eRiROLK3asYDAg_9yyggWVx5nA&hl=en&ei=5r-3SvyJDd2b4ganhMF8&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Thomson, Rev. J. H. The Martyr Graves of Scotland. Edinburgh: Johnstone, Hunter & Co., 1877.

Todd, A. B. Covenanting Pilgrimages and Studies. Edinburgh and London: Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, 1911.

Todd, Adam Brown. The Homes, Haunts and Battlefields of the Covenanters. Edinburgh: Gemmell, 1886.

Veitch, William, Brysson, George, etc. Memoirs of Mr. William Veitch and George Brysson,Blackwood, 1825,&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=RYl0Bpah0z&sig=QTSIdo6r1tZn6aEVs2VQIjdhmSg&hl=n&ei=YRO9Svq0INWy4QbQ_cDFCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Vos, J. G. The Scottish Covenanter. Crown and Covenant Publications.

Walker, Patrick. Biographia Presbyteriana, Volume 1. BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008.,+Volume+1,#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Walker, Patrick. Six Saints of the Covenant (Two volumes) Ed. Hay Fleming. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1901.

Walker, Patrick. The life and prophecies of Mr. Alexander Peden, late minister of the Gospel at New-Glenluce, in Galloway, 1774.

Watson, Jean. Life and times of Rev. Alexander Peden (the prophet) and Rev. James Renwick. Glasgow:Dunn and Wright ,1880

Warrender, Margaret. Marchmont and the Humes of Polwarth. Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1894. (2004 reprint also available)

Watson, Jean. Life of Donald Cargill. BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008.,+life+of+donald+cargill&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=HllWcRYw4w&sig=Sk7O9qMfFums1KUzl_QlgM8mkys&hl=en&ei=oQe9SrvJBI214Qaa-tzECQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Watson, Robert. Peden: Prophet of the Covenant. Shoving Leopard Productions, 2006.

Watt, Hugh. Recalling of the Scottish Covenants. Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd.

Watt, Very Rev. L. M. The Scottish Covenanters. London: James & Co., ca 1910.

Wigtown, The Persecutions in Scotland 1603 - 1685, Local History Series No 1. Wigtown: G C Book Publishers Ltd., 1995

Wilson, Ian. In the Tracks of Mortality - The Story of Robert Paterson 1716 - 1801 Stonemason. Carlisle: Iain Wilson.

Wodrow, Rev. R. History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland. Glasgow: Blackie & Son. 1836.

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GENERAL WEBSITES THAT HAVE PROVED USEFUL IN THE COLLATION OF THIS MATERIAL - an excellent site with a wealth of information about the

     Covenanters - the excellent website of the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association - a massive website. Best to follow links under the HISTORY section for information about the Covenanters - the website of the Covenanted Reformed Presbyterian Church. - the website of the Inverness branch of the Scottish Reformation Society


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Covenanter Ships



Crown of London Shipwreck

Henry and Francis

Banishment and slavery (General)

‘Outed’ Ministers  


Minnigaff Covenant

Covenanter Prisons


Bass Rock

Blackness Castle




Covenanter Battles



Mauchline Moor

Rullion Green


Bothwell Bridge

Airds Moss

Magus Muir/Archbishop James Sharp