[quote=Contarini]The number of Scots executed by the Catholic Church was small (I’ve seen the number seven mentioned, though I don’t know for sure that it’s accurate). He’s probably thinking of the Covenanters. There were some massacres of the Covenanters in the 17th century, particularly in the years right before the Glorious Revolution. It’s true that the king at the time was a Catholic (hence the Revolution which dethroned him and put a Protestant in his place), but the government was not. The Covenanters were persecuted because they resisted Anglicanism, not Catholicism. And they were no gentle sheep–they were guilty of a good bit of violence themselves. One of their early leaders, the very holy Samuel Rutherford, spoke of the need to "exterminate Papists."
that’s what, I think, the link is addressing - the massacre of the Covenanters…who were hardly innocent babes themselves.
The fact is those were brutal times - and this type of brutality is still practiced in some societies (and example - Rwanda) though now it is recognized as brutality by the world. It was business as usual then.