The Church and Popular Protest

Jeffrey Stephen

in Scottish Presbyterians and the Act of Union 1707

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625055
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653423 | DOI:
The Church and Popular Protest

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This chapter discusses the public discontent that broke out in mob violence, the rendezvous of fencible men and rumours of armed risings. It reports that discontent over the union first erupted into mob violence in Edinburgh on 23 October 1706, and when it came it was not unexpected. It further reports that the government accused the opposition of turning to the mob to supplement their parliamentary weakness. It notes that apart from outbreaks of mob violence and rioting, the authorities were concerned about what they termed ‘tumultuary meetings and irregular convocations’. It reports that on 20 November a group of armed men rode into Dumfries in a protest against the union, and to loud cheers from the gathered crowd, publicly burned the articles that were held up on the points of picks at the town cross.

Keywords: mob violence; armed risings; Edinburgh; protest; articles; Dumfries

Chapter.  19165 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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