Incorporating Union: The Search for an Alternative

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:
Incorporating Union: The Search for an Alternative

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This chapter discusses the search for a solution to incorporation and the promotion of alternatives generally referred to by contemporaries as federal. It observes that the search for a solution prompted a vigorous debate that reflected the diversity of interest groups hostile to incorporation. It further observes that while unionists rejected the ‘federal’ alternatives as impracticable and unworkable, most Scots were less dismissive and expected their commissioners to negotiate a federal union. It adds that the church was no different and, as their letters demonstrate, was as concerned as its people about the loss of sovereignty and the loss of parliament that protected the interests of the church. It reports that George Ridpath, a London-based Presbyterian polemicist, was one of the first to enter the fray in defence of Scotland's sovereignty.

Keywords: incorporation; federal union; Scots; sovereignty; parliament; George Ridpath; Presbyterian polemicist

Chapter.  20120 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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