In 1643, Edward Raban was obliged to print the Solemn League and National Covenant despite Aberdeen’s long resistance to it. By 1643, both Parliament and the General Assembly had required all adults to swear to it on pain of confiscation and being declared an enemy of God, King and Country. Many of those in Aberdeen who had argued against it fled overseas. John Forbes, one of the Aberdeen Doctors (and son of Bishop Forbes) fled to Holland, remarking that he could not ‘profess what his conscience condemns’.
...are to bee fold at his Shop at the end of the Broadgate
One of the most significant aspects of this volume is to be noted in the colophon at the bottom of the title page. In 1643, Raban’s long-time associate David Melvill died and bequeathed to him his bookselling booth or shop in the Broadgate. This is noted in Raban’s imprint details (along side the note about items ‘are to bee fold at his shop’.