By Dr Bruce Durie
In October 1598 Robert Durie, minister of Anstruther, accompanied the Fife Adventurers to Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides.
Prior to Union of 1603, James VI was chronically short of money and, as ruler of a small, peripheral European state next door to powerful England, had little real power. The turn of the 17th century was a time of great turmoil - the authority of the crown was more or less respected although the King or Queen could be hated, slandered, assaulted, kidnapped and controlled during their minority. The doctrine of Divine Right to rule was being questioned, along with the primacy of Catholic teaching as against the Protestants’ view that the Bible was the word of God and all the teachings anyone needed without the intercession of priests and bishops.