The Emergence of ‘Party’, 1674–8

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 Emergence of ‘Party’, 1674–8

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This chapter talks about the development of ‘Party’ from 1674. Despite Lauderdale's victory over the parliamentary opposition in the 1673–4 sessions of parliament, there were the usual casualties amongst his allies in the months following the commissioner's return to court. Long-standing resentment over the earlier forced appointment of unqualified men to their ranks was perhaps a factor in why so many of the advocates refused to concur with the king's demands. As a contemporary observed, there were now 'so many Maitlands' in the court of session that the packing of the session had been one of the explicit grievances raised by Hamilton in the last session of parliament. However, by the end of the next parliamentary session of 1681, it was clear that Lauderdale and his much-maligned style of leadership had not been vanquished, only replaced.

Keywords: party; Lauderdale; parliamentary opposition; Maitlands; advocates; Hamilton

Chapter.  15115 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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