Scottish-Dutch Reformed theological links in the Seventeenth Century

James Eglinton


This article explores links between Scottish and Dutch Reformed theologians in the seventeenth century. It does so against the backdrop of a broader set of social connections between Scotland and the Netherlands at that time, and 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 (1602−1662), John Brown of Wamphray (1609−1679), Robert MacWard (c. 1633−1687), John Livingstone (1603−1672) and Samuel Rutherford (c. 1600−1661). This article serves as a call for more research in this significant and much neglected area of study in historic Scottish-Dutch relations.


Scottish-Dutch religious relations; Reformed theology; 17th century

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