top of page

The King's Questions

The King’s Questions, as we will see, were obsessed with the King’s jurisdiction in spiritual matters – in other words what Henry VIII had demanded for himself in the Act of Supremacy in 1534, that he was the head of the church in his kingdom. It was really only an English issue. It had hardly arisen in Scotland and, remember that holding onto the Catholic Faith may have been illegal in Scotland, but it was not treasonous involving the death penalty. Here was a trial of a Scotsman, taking place in Scotland, centring round a matter which really only concerned the English and a King down in London. King James, took a keen personal interest in the trial of Fr. John Ogilvie. He wanted John Ogilvie to answer specific questions, the King’s Questions. He wanted answers, good answers, and it was a life or death issue for the king.

bottom of page