James Sharp Archbishop of St Andrews was murdered - On this day in history


03 May 2021
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James Sharp, Archbishop of St Andrews, was murdered on 3 May 1679. ...

A group of covenantors attacked and murdered James Sharp, Archbishop of St Andrews on 3 May 1679. Sharp was travelling to St Andrews with his daughter when he was attacked by a group who had been lying in wait to attack the Sheriff of Fife.

Sharp was hated by the Covenanters for enforcing principles such as the Act of Supremacy and was often badly portrayed in Covenanter literature. The murder sparked a wider uprising which became known as the 'killing time'.

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Further reading

Scottish Covenanter stories: tales from the Killing Times by Dane Love