Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Queen Margaret of Scotland's Lord's Day Enforcement (Theonomy Applied)

Margaret of Scotland (1045-1093) was queen to Malcolm III, king of Scotland, from 1070-1093. 

During her reign, she was disturbed by the Sabbath-breaking on the part of Christians of the realm, and thus demanded that the Lord's Day be kept holy:
It was another custom of theirs to neglect the reverence due to the Lord's Day by devoting themselves to every kind of worldly business upon it just as they did upon other days. That this was contrary to the law, she proved to them as well by reason as by authority. "Let us venerate the Lord's Day," said she, "because of the resurrection of our Lord, which happened upon that day, and let us no longer do servile works upon it; bearing in mind that upon this day we were redeemed from the slavery of the devil."[1]

[1] Turgot, Bishop of St. Andrews, Life of st. Margaret, queen of Scotland, trans., W. Forbes-Leith (Edinburgh: William Paterson, n.d.), 49, 50.

photo credit:

St. Margareths Chapel, Edinburgh
© Kjetil Bjørnsrud New York / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY -SA 3.0)  

Note about the Theonomy Applied Series: In quoting any particular law, we do not necessarily endorse every aspect of that law as biblical, whether it be the prohibition, sanction, court procedure, etc. Rather, we are merely showing the more or less attempt to apply biblical law in history, whether or not that application was fully biblical. Moreover, in quoting any particular law, we do not necessarily consider those who passed and/or enforced such a law as being fully orthodox in their Christian theology. Professing Christian rulers in history have ranged in their theology from being orthodox (that is, Reformed Protestants) to heretical (for example, Roman Catholics).    


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