On Black Genevan Gowns

 

William Maxwell, A History of Worship in the Church of Scotland, p. 81

“At that time [in Scotland before the 2nd reformation of 1638] ministers wore black gowns, cassock [a ministerial robe], etc, at all services and at the General Assembly, and continued to do so until 1638, when for the first time many appeared in Glasgow in ordinary clothes and armed.”