Arise King John: Lauderdale and the 1669 Session of Parliament

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:
Arise King John: Lauderdale and the 1669 Session of Parliament

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This chapter talks about Lauderdale and the session of Parliament held in 1669. In the nine years since the restoration of Charles II, John Maitland, earl of Lauderdale had come to dominate Scottish politics. Although based at court, through his deputies on the ground in Scotland, Lauderdale oversaw all aspects of policy and had come to exert almost complete control over the Scottish administration. With the full backing of Lauderdale, assuming command of the Scottish administration in mid-1667, Moray and Tweeddale's impact on policy was immediate. Throughout 1668, the privy council's policy of indulging peaceful dissent whilst taking forceful action against those who continued to defy the law had met with mixed results. The administration's greatest concern was the increase of conventicles, which had spread to previously unaffected areas. Yet despite the hostility directed towards Lauderdale for his arbitrary control over proceedings, parliament remained consistently loyal to its king.

Keywords: Lauderdale; Parliament; Charles II; John Maitland; Scottish politics; Scotland; Scottish administration; Moray; Tweeddale

Chapter.  12581 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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