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Jenny Geddes - (1637) Scotswoman

The woman who, by popular repute, is supposed to have thrown a stool at the head of David Lindsay, Bishop of Edinburgh, on 23rd July 1637, when he attempted to read Laud's prayerbook in the Church of St Giles in Edinburgh. Although the story may be apocryphal, a riot did take place on that day; one consequence of Charles I's attempts to foist the prayerbook on Scotland and the ensuing riots in Edinburgh and elsewhere was the signing of the National Covenant the following year. The name Jenny Geddes came to be used in Edinburgh to describe any woman who made herself conspicuous in mobs, but she is an important myth figure in the history of the Scottish church.

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