This chapter examines the relationship between gender and religion in Scotland, combining the study of religiosity in discourse and experience through the period. It locates Scotland in international debates on gender and religious change, locates gender as central to the historical agenda of religious change in Scotland, and proposes a new historical chronology of Scottish religious change based on gender. Religion is a vital category in any historical treatment of Scotland, and its gendered character has long been a major issue in the study of different periods and themes — from the position of 'the monstrous regiment of women' in the Knoxian Reformation of the sixteenth century, through Scotland's leading role in the European witch hunt of the seventeenth-century, to the early presbyterian ordination of women as clergy and elders from the 1930s.
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