The Growth of Opposition, 1670–4

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:
The Growth of Opposition, 1670–4

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This chapter discusses the rise of opposition from 1670. Lauderdale left a considerable amount of resentment behind him when he departed Scotland after the first session of parliament in 1669. He had notoriously little patience when it came to the delicacies of managing the Scottish parliament, preferring instead to play off the different interests and estates against one another. The second session of the second parliament of Charles II met at Edinburgh on 28 July 1670, having been adjourned twice, first from 8 June to 20 July, and from then to 28 July. To safeguard the proposed legislation, no new election of the lords of the articles was to be held during the life of the current parliament. The commissioner's subsequent attempts to rule by brute force alone only inflamed the opposition, so much so that he could risk no more meetings of parliament.

Keywords: opposition; Lauderdale; Scotland; Scottish parliament; Charles II; Edinburgh

Chapter.  15833 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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