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John Ogilvie

A Jesuit in Disguise, 1579-1615

By: Eleanor McDowell

Format: A6 Booklet

Dimensions: 105cm by 148cm

ISBN : 9781784690274

Number of Pages: 64

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Product Code: B761



Born of noble parentage, Saint John Ogilvie was raised in the Calvinist tradition and sent abroad to be educated. During a period of spiritual contemplation he converted to Catholicism and was ordained a Jesuit priest. Despite the risk of preaching in a reformed Protestant Scotland, he returned, disguised as horse trader. Within a year he was imprisoned, and later hanged for refusing to recognise the spiritual jurisdiction of the King. The 10th March 2015 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Scotland's only Catholic reformation martyr.

Dr Eleanor McDowell has an academic background in Environmental Justice and an interest in theology.  A more detailed study 'A Rosary from the Gallows: Saint John Ogilvie (1579-1615) is forthcoming.

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This book, which was written by Eleanor McDowell to commemorate the 400th anniversary of St John Ogilvie, is an excellent account of the life and martyrdom of this first post reformation Catholic saint in Scotland. It is extremely well researched and informative, detailing the relevant historical, political, religious and social background at the time of John Ogilvie's conversion to Catholicism, ordaination as a Jesuit priest and subsequent betrayal, imprisonment and death at Glasgow cross. The description of John Ogilvie's courage, humility and compassion during his trial and later martyrdom are so incredibly moving, the reader is left with a deep sense of gratitude and respect for this Saint. I would fully recommend this timely and important book to everyone. Thank you

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This is a gem. Beautifully written, in surprising detail for a short book, accessible and full of insight. This has been written to mark the 400th Anniversary of St John Ogilvie's death by hanging in Glasgow. Even if you're not usually drawn to religious texts, the quality of writing and grasp of historical context make this a timely and stimulating read. While the content is rooted firmly in the time and places that frame St John's short life, the lessons remain as significant now as then - above all, the enduring struggle for genuine religious and cultural freedom. If you read nothing else this year on faith, choose this.