The Covenanter, 1830-43

The Covenanter started in 1830 as a monthly publication but a new series began in 1841 as a bi-monthly publication and has become the official magazine of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. It became about as a result of the differences between the Rev Thomas Houston and the Rev John Paul over the doctrine of the civil magistrate.

In December 1830 Houston, apparently at his own expense, published the first copy of the Covenanter setting out his views.

The aim of the magazine was to put forth the ‘system of religious doctrine and discipline of the ’good old cause’. It deals with the events and social problems of the period as well as providing information about the Reformed Synod and Presbytery meetings, congregations and ministers.

Only the magazines from 1830-43 have been digitised.

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