Scots Worthies

“The design of the following Work was to collect, from the best authorities, a summary account of the lives, characters, and contendings, of a certain number of our most renowned Scots Worthies, who, for their faithful services, ardent zeal, constancy in sufferings, and other Christian graces and virtues, deserve honourable memorial in the Church of Christ; and for which their names have been, and will be, savoury to all the true lovers of Zion, while Reformation principles are regarded in Scotland.”

John Howie, in his preface to Scots Worthies.

Robert Baillie
We are largely indebted to his Letters for much of the information we possess regarding that famous (Westminster) Assembly.
Hugh Binning
That great divine, Mr James Durham, gave him this verdict: “That there was no speaking after Mr Binning.”
Robert Bruce
He spent much of his time in private prayer; he had a very notable faculty in searching the Scriptures, and explaining the most obscure mysteries therein; and was a man who had much inward exercise of conscience anent his own personal case.
Richard Cameron
He had been not only highly instrumental in turning many souls unto God, but also in lifting up a faithful standard for his royal Lord and Master, against all His enemies, and the defections and sinful compliances of that time.
David Dickson
His sermons were always full of solid and substantial matter, very scriptural, and in a very familiar style; not low, but extremely strong and affecting, being somewhat akin to the style of godly Samuel Rutherford.
James Durham
A faithful and wise steward, who knew well how to give God’s children their food in due season, a gentle and kind nurse, a faithful admonisher and reprover, a skilful counsellor in all straits and difficulties.
George Gillespie
“None,” says one of his colleagues, Robert Baillie, “in all the (Westminster) Assembly did reason more, nor more pertinently than Mr Gillespie: he is an excellent youth; my heart blesses God in his behalf.”
Andrew Gray
He was, in his day, a most singular and pious youth; and though he died young, yet was old in grace, having lived and done much for God in a little time.
Alexander Henderson
He spent his strength, wore out his days, and did breathe out his life in the service of God, and of this Church.  . . (He was) the fairest ornament, after John Knox of incomparable memory, that ever the Church of Scotland did enjoy.
John Knox
There can scarcely be found another in whom more gifts of the Holy Ghost, for the comfort of the Church of Scotland, did shine. No one spared himself less, no one was more diligent in the charge committed to him.
Andrew Melville
“There are two kings and two kingdoms in Scotland: there is King James, the head of the Commonwealth, and there is Christ Jesus, the Head of the Church, whose subject King James VI is, and of whose kingdom he is not a head, nor a lord, but a member.”
Walter Mill
“I am now eighty-two years old, and cannot live long by the course of nature; but an hundred shall rise out of my ashes. . . I trust in God, I shall be the last who shall suffer death, in this fashion, for this cause, in the land.”
Alexander Peden
So much famed for his singular piety, zeal, and faithfulness, and indefatigableness in the duty of prayer.
James Renwick
“Dear friends, I die a Presbyterian Protestant; I own the word of God as the rule of faith and manners. . . I adjoin my testimony to all these truths that have been sealed by bloodshed, either on scaffold, field, or seas, for the cause of Christ.”
Samuel Rutherford
“Oh! that all my brethren in the land may know what a Master I have served, and what peace I have this day. I shall sleep in Christ, and when I awake I shall be satisfied with His likeness. This night shall close the door, and put my anchor within the vail; and I shall go away in a sleep by five of the clock in the morning.”
John Welch
During his (last) sickness, he was so filled and overcome with the sensible enjoyment of God, that he was overheard to utter these words: “O Lord, hold Thy hand, it is enough; Thy servant is a clay vessel, and can hold no more.”