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:

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This chapter discusses the last sessions of the Scottish parliament. The right of the monarch to choose his own ministers, officers of state, and privy councillors, to make war and peace, to summon and prorogue sessions of parliament and the revival of the key preparatory committee, the lords of the articles, had been granted with little more than a murmur of complaint from the gathered estates. Despite the erosion of parliamentary powers and the submissiveness of previous sessions to crown demands, there still existed a widespread belief that parliament had a right to be consulted on a frequent basis by the king, especially on a proposal that would have resulted in a reduction in its powers or, ultimately, its demise. Within the next few years, after the failure of the abortive union scheme, the summoning of regular parliamentary sessions was a familiar demand of the fledgling parliamentary opposition.

Keywords: Scottish parliament; monarch; officers of state; privy councillors; union scheme; fledgling parliamentary opposition

Chapter.  4330 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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