James A. Wylie (1808-1890AD)

Rev. James A. Wylie

Rev. Dr. James Aitken Wylie, Free Church minister, Scotland, 1845AD.


JAMES A. WYLIE was born at Kirriemuir, Scotland, and became one of the leading Protestant authorities against Roman Catholicism throughout the English-speaking world in the latter part of the 19th century. His outstanding 3 volume “History of Protestantism” as well as his book on “The Papacy” are still inspiring witnesses to the essential truths against the unreformed Roman Catholic Church.

In 1846, he accepted the joint-editorship of “The Witness”. This involved his moving to Edinburgh and he wrote some 800 of the leading articles for that excellent journal during the rest of his life there.

His first most notable book appeared in 1851, “The Papacy: its History, Dogmas, Genius, and Prospects.” This treatise won the Evangelical Alliance prize of a 100 guineas. The judges were none other than the eminent Doctors, Rev. Wardlaw, Rev. Cunningham, and Rev. Eadie. This work also won for him a European reputation as published attacks by Roman Catholics at home and on the Continent brought increased fame to it.

In 1860, mainly through the instrumentality of Dr. James Begg, the Protestant Institute was established, and Dr. Wylie was invited to be the lecturer. The appointment lasted for the next 30 years. Also, during that period, over 2,000 students were taught by him. Dr. Wylie’s writings and teaching against Popery had a far-reaching influence throughout Christendom.

Only those who had no strong convictions, except to despise those who did, spoke of him as a “fanatic”. But if his utterances on the Papacy were always strong, they were always scrupulously researched and truthful and very easy to read. But it must always be remembered that his detestation of the Roman Catholic system was counter-balanced by his prayerful concern for its members. He really cared that Roman Catholics should read his writings to find out why the Reformation was necessary, and what Protestantism stood for.

He lived as a Christian ought to live. As was said by Rev. C. A. Salmond (1890AD) just after his death, “James Wylie was one of the best informed, most genial, and sympathetic of men, and his deep, unaffected humility was one of his greatest charms. It has been said that you could not be long with him without perceiving in him a lover of Christ and of all good men, and his unostentatious piety gave an unmistakable savour to all his life.”


PDF book “The Papacy: its History, Dogmas, Genius, and Prospects.” (2mb) in 4 books of 36 chapters, 1852AD.


Rev. James A. Wylie

from a Scottish newspaper clipping, 1880s.


from “The History of Protestantism” in 3 volumes, 24 books (first published 1878AD.)

volume 1 (9 Books.)

PDF book 1. (100k) The Waldenses. (2 chapters)

PDF book 2.  (495k) Wicliffe and his Times, or Advent of Protestantism. (15 chapters)

PDF book 3. (495k) Huss and the Hussite Wars. (8 chapters)

PDF book 4. (97k) Christendom at the Opening of the 16th century. (3 chapters)

PDF book 5. (497k) History of Protestantism in Germany to the Leipsic Disputation,1519AD  (15 chapters)

PDF book 6. (359k) From the Leipsic Disputation to the Diet at Worms, 1521AD. (7 chapters)

PDF book 7. (437k) Protestantism in England, from the Times of Wicliff to Henry VIII. (11 chapters.)

PDF book 8. (473k) Protestantism in Switzerland from 1506AD to . . . Zurich, 1525AD. (15 chapters.)

PDF book 9. (1.1mb) Protestantism from the Diet at Worms, 1521AD, to the Augsburg Confession, 1530AD. (27 chapters.)


volume 2 (8 Books.)

PDF book 10. (445k) Rise and Establishment of Protestantism in Sweden and Denmark. (10 chapters.) 

PDF book 11. (327k) Protestantism in Switzerland from 1525AD to the Death of Zwingli 1531AD. (10 chapters.)

PDF book 12. (313k) Protestantism in Germany from the Augsburg Confession to the Peace of Passau. (6 chapters.)

PDF book 13. (915k)  From Rise of Protestantism in France (1510) to Publication of the Institutes (1536). (25 chapters.)

PDF book 14. (4.5mb) Rise and Establishment of Protestantism in Geneva. (30 chapters.)

PDF book 15. (469k) The Jesuits. (11 chapters.)

PDF book 16. (715k) Protestantism in the Waldensian Valleys. (16 chapters.)

PDF book 17. (908k) Protestantism in France from Death of Francis I. (1547) to Edict of Nantes (1598.) (19 chapters.)


volume 3 (7 Books)

PDF book 18. (1.2mb) Protestantism in the Netherlands. (30 chapters.)

PDF book 19. (496k) Protestantism in Poland and Bohemia [after Huss.] (10 chapters.)

PDF book 20. (255k) Protestantism in Hungary and Transylvania. (5 chapters.)

PDF book 21. (517k) The Thirty Years' War. (11 chapters.)

PDF book 22. (306k) Protestantism in France from the Death of Henry IV. (1610) to the Revolution (1789)  (7 chapters.)

PDF book 23. (1mb) Protestantism in England from Henry VIII. (20 chapters.)

PDF book 24. (1.3mb) Protestantism in Scotland. (30 chapters.)