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In the mid-16th century, Scotland was a Catholic country and the Church had enormous power and wealth. Protestants objected to the methods and teachings of the Church and believed that it should be reformed. This led to division in Scotland, with the Protestants looking to England for support and the Catholics allying themselves with France.
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25 January 2002

Classroom Ideas

Look in more detail at the growing religious schism between Catholic and Protestant churches in Scotland. Discuss the power and influence of the Church in Scotland, both through direct involvement with politics and through its network of churches and seats of learning. Create a timeline of the period noting key events that led to the adoption of Protestantism as the country’s religion.