Ecclesiastical Tales is a series comprised of fiction written by various Anglican Divines. Many are aware of the novels written by Anglicans such as C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll, but few know that many of our prestigious dogmatic authors also used their pens to compose stories. Many are surprised to find that Bishop Forbes, Fr. DeKoven, and even Fr. Thornton all wrote novels in their free time. Now, after spending many years out of print, the Seabury Society is very pleased to say that we are republishing these works for the enjoyment of the public, especially the faithful of the American Church. It is our great hope that they will prove beneficial for the use of Anglican Classical Schools and the general edification of the Church.  

The Prisoners of Craigmacaire : A Story of the ’46


“A tale of rugged northern shores, and a record of the patient suffering and heroic faith that was once displayed in the lives of men obscure and unknown on earth, but whose names were doubtless written in Heaven.” –Preface.

An engaging novella written by none other than the Rt. Rev. Alexander Penrose Forbes, the Bishop of Brechin and first of the Tractarians consecrated to the Episcopacy. This little book is suitable for young adult readers, and especially for the use of Classical Schools within the Anglican Tradition.

The Rt. Rev. Alexander Penrose Forbes

The Rt. Rev. Alexander Penrose Forbes

The Bishop of Brechin

The Rt. Rev. Alexander Penrose Forbes (16 June 1817 – 8 October 1875), was a Scottish Episcopalian divine, born at Edinburgh. A leading cleric in the Scottish Episcopal Church, he was Bishop of Brechin from 1847 until his death in 1875. Bishop Forbes is known for his Tractarian Theology – particularly being the first of the Oxford Movement to be consecrated to the Episcopate. He also had a great love for the Scottish Episcopal Church and her Nonjuring past. He fought valiantly for the preservation of the Scottish Communion Office – an office shared by the American Church – during a period of increased anglicization within Scotland.