Alistair Mutch is Professor of Information & Learning at Nottingham Business School.
This book is an important addition to the study of Scottish Presbyterianism and piety, with a close examination of church records that indicate the way in which administrative records not only give an account of the religious shaping of the nation, but lie at the heart of the Presbyterian identity
that has marked the nation since the middle of the sixteenth century. -- Kenneth B. E. Roxburgh, Journal of Church and State
The author's prose is surprisingly light for the subject matter and it is obvious that, when it comes to the examination of presbytery records, he has done as much sorting and summarising as he can while still supporting his arguments with evidence. The text is also leavened by delightful anecdotes
and surprising facts...The book closes with six appendices which offer readers opportunity to examine Mutch's collected data in greater detail. For specialists I suspect these annexes will be essential reading and a spur to further research. -- JAMES J. S. FOSTER, Scottish Historical Review
Beautifully written... this is a book to be commended. -- Graeme Morton, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies