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wishing to hazard a trial of strength, though her well-disciplined
army, inchiding many French soldiers, was equal in numbers, proposed
a truce of eight days, till commissioners should meet and settle
grievances on both sides, which was agreed to. As no commissioners
were appointed by her, and having no faith in her promises, the
Keformers resolved to retain their arms, and prosecute the warfare
into which they had been driven, to a final issue. They therefore
marched toward Perth, for the purpose of relieving their brethren
there from the oppression of John Charteris of Kinfauns, the Popish
Provost, who had succeeded in depriving the Congregational Provost
of the office. After a vigorous siege and attack, in which the detach-
ment from this town bravely signalized themselves, the town waa
taken, and thfe popular Provost reinstated in his office and authority.
The Dundee detachment, elated with their achievements, proceeded
on the following day to Scone, when one of their number, in violation
of express stipulations, was run through the body with a rapier^ by
a son of Patrick Hepburn, Bishop of Moray, and Superior of the
Abbey. This so enraged them that they set fire to the Palace and
Abbey, which were reduced to ashes, notwithstanding the efibrts of
Lord Ruthven and other leaders to save them, among whom was the
distinguished John Knox, who frequently preached in Dundee after
his return from Geneva. The death of the Queen Eegent, on the
10th June 1560, brought a cessation of hostilities to the Eeformers,
and by the Act of Abolition, a confirmation of those rights and
liberties for which they had so nobly struggled, and perilled their
lives and all they possessed. A national thansgiving was celebrated,
and Reformed ministers were appointed in ail the principal towns, — -
William Christison, who had .been appointed minister of this town by
the Lords of the Congregation, in 1558, being confirmed in his charge.
So signally did this town acquit itself in the work of the Reformation,
that it gained for itself the enviable distinction of being " the second
Geneva." In 1566, the year after Queen Mary's visit to the town,
fresh troubles were inflicted upon the Reformers, and Provost Haliy-
burton was proclaimed a rebel for having supported the cause, — a fine
of two thousand merks being imposed the same year upon the town,
for its having protected some of those whom the Popish party had
compelled to resort to arms in their own defence.
One or two incidents connected with the history of the toAvn abotit this
time may be mentioned. When the Earl of Bothwell, Mary's third hus-
band, became buccaneer on the high seas, the Earl of Murray ordered a

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