Scottish Psalter

Scottish Psalter (1564). Words The metrical psalter was of immense importance in furthering and establishing the Reformation in Scotland. Even before the psalter of 1564, the Gude and Godlie Ballatis* of the Wedderburn brothers (see James Wedderburn* and John Wedderburn*) had brought the spirit of the continental reformers to Scotland in the 22 psalms translated into the rough vernacular. The Protestant exiles, who returned from Frankfurt, Geneva and elsewhere in the years immediately following the accession of Elizabeth I, brought with them the metrical psalms which they had been fashioning and singing, sometimes in several versions: it was perhaps natural that the Scottish choices...

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