Ostracism by Ballot: Parliamentary Intrigue and Faction, 1662–3

Gillian H. MacIntosh

in The Scottish Parliament under Charles II, 1660-1685

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748624577
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653409 | DOI:
Ostracism by Ballot: Parliamentary Intrigue and Faction, 1662–3

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This chapter discusses the intrigue and faction in the Parliament from 1662. Charles wrote to the privy council in Edinburgh declaring that the form of church government practised in Scotland was unsuited to monarchical authority and in violation of the royal prerogative. The Scottish parliament reconvened for its second session on 8 May 1662. The idea of incapacitating certain individuals by a secret ballot seems to have been first formally proposed by Sir George Mackenzie of Tarbat in the commission of fines, a committee set up prior to the meeting of parliament in order to deal with the vast amount of preparation necessary before a final indemnity act could be presented to the estates for their approval. Episcopacy was restored as the preferred church government because church rule by bishops made it easier to exercise control within the localities and was most compatible with monarchical authority.

Keywords: parliament; Charles; privy council; Edinburgh; Scotland; Scottish parliament; George Mackenzie

Chapter.  8715 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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