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The Third Estate: Parliament and the Burghs

Alan R. MacDonald

in Parliament in Context, 1235–1707

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748614868
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614868.003.0004
The Third Estate: Parliament and the Burghs

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This chapter presents a view of the third estate of burgh commissioners as men primarily concerned to look after the affairs of the merchant community and the interests of their own towns. The burghs had their high points of political influence, notably when governments needed liquid capital, in the fourteenth century and in the later sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, but their activities demonstrate that high politics was only a minor aspect of parliamentary business.

Keywords: burgh commissioners; merchant community; political influence

Chapter.  12374 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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