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Poser 361 - Minutes of the Synod of Fife, 1651

This week's poser is from the minutes of the Synod of Fife in 1651 (National Records of Scotland, CH2/154/2/1 page 227).

As well as supervising the work of presbyteries and parishes, and hearing serious ecclesiastical cases and appeals from lower church courts, synods made representations to the Crown and central government bodies on various issues.

In this extract, the Synod of Fife can be seen voicing the concern of the Kirk in Fife during a period of national emergency. The synod minutes record this address to the King (Charles II) and the Committee of Estates (the body which ran Scotland when parliament was not in session, consisting of representatives of the nobles, lairds, burgesses and magistrates).

The synod clerk at this point had a very neat hand generally and secretary hand letters are mostly written very clearly. Elaborate capital letters are an occasional problem but the main issues (if you know your secretary hand letters) are Scots words and phonetic spelling.

Image of extract from the minutes of the Synod of Fife, 1651 (National Records of Scotland, CH2/154/2/1 page 227).

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This week's question:

The clerk uses the Scots past participle form – 'it' at the end of four words in this extract. Can you
identify which four?

Help:

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Scots words
Capital letters

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