Anonymous [Gillane, John]. Some Remarks Upon Sir James Dalrymple’s Historical Collections. With an Answer to the Vindication of the Ecclesiastical Part of Them. Where the Ancient Settlement of the Scots in Britain; Their Early Conversion to Christianity; The Government of their Church by Bishops; and Some of Their Ecclesiastical Rites and Customs, are Considered, and Cleared from the Mistakes of Several Learned Authors. Edinburgh: Printed. Sold by George Stewart, at the Book and Angel, 1714. 18cm, [ii; 162 pages]; 8vo; errata on verso of title-page; pp. 160-162 advertisements; pp. 161-161 repaired in this copy, minor text loss of a few advertisements. Bound in half blue goatskin over blue linen cloth, with gilt ruling and decorated spine, five raised bands, head and tail of spine bumped. ESTC Citation Number: T155366. Quotation from Phaedrus (IV, Fab. 25) on the title-page. A good, solid copy, not over-sewn.
Published in the year of the Hanoverian accession to the throne of England, John Gillane makes a spirited defense of Presbyterianism: “But whether the ancient Scots were converted by the Disciples of St. John or St. Peter, by Doctors of the Eastern or Western Church, I am very confident they could dot [sic] have learn’d the Principles of our Scotish Presbyterians from either of them. No Church in the World was govern’d by a Parity of Church Officers. All the ancient Christians believ’d the Divine Institution of Episcopacy.”(IV, p. 40)Lowndes, 1857; I:183a.