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Principal Stirling's Regime: Family and Politics, 1701–1725

Roger L. Emerson

in Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780748625963
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653652 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625963.003.0003
Principal Stirling's Regime: Family and Politics, 1701–1725

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This chapter discusses the political environment of Stirling's early years as principal which was much like that of the 1690s — no political faction was dominant and the kaleidoscope of politics changed almost yearly as magnates struggled against one another to make the most of the pickings in the kingdom. It notes that the great issues of these years centred on what to do to make the Scottish state viable and how to improve it. It observes that the formation of more stable political groupings in the Scottish Parliament came about partly because of the positions taken by magnates and their family connections with respect to the Revolution of 1688 and the matter of Union with England.

Keywords: political environment; Stirling; principal; Scottish state; Scottish Parliament; Revolution

Chapter.  18187 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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