I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. (Psalm 119:46)
O Edinburgh (Remembering the Great Forthside Port)
Dr. James J. S. Johnson
O Edinburgh, great Forthside port,
Old city, where Knox preached in court;
Just to walk your Royal Mile,
Warms my heart, makes me smile –
O Edinburgh, of famed kirk and fort.
COMMENTARY: Unforgettable – visiting Edinburgh’s Royal Mile during the summer of AD2002. That memorable trip (which trip included the privilege of meeting historian-scholar Dr. Bill Cooper face-to-face!) was part of a tour bus-facilitated excursion that was part of a cruise, aboard the NORWEGIAN DREAM, with my wife and mother-in-law. The great Calvinist/Presbyterian Reformer, John Knox, faithfully preached the Scriptures in St. Giles Kirk (cathedral), during the AD1500s, and also repeatedly confronted Scotland’s Queen Mary with the Protestant Reformation’s truths. Knox’s biogenetic descendants include Dr. John Witherspoon, who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence and who also taught Biblical Hebrew to John Madison, the chief author of the U.S. Constitution and Bill or Rights (and 4th U.S. president).
PHOTO CREDITTS: St. Giles Kirk: Pinterest; John Knox statue at St. Giles Kirk: Electric Scotland; Edinburgh Castle: MustSeePlaces.com