Popular Resistance, Religion and the Union of 1707

Edited by T.M. Devine

in Scotland and the Union 1707-2007

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635412
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672202 | DOI:
Popular Resistance, Religion and the Union of 1707

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This chapter presents a discussion on popular resistance, religion and the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707. In the early eighteenth century, Scotland saw noteworthy advances in the publicity of its national affairs, with pamphlets and mass petitions accompanying strident debates on the Anglo-Scottish union not just in Parliament but the General Assembly and the Convention of Royal Burghs. Popular political engagement depended on data provided by pamphlets, newspapers, letters and oral exchanges between Edinburgh and provincial communities. Unionists were aware of the dangers of English power in union, but saw advantages for Scotland with appropriate safeguards. Some Scots rejected the Presbyterian-Episcopalian conflicts and saw incorporation as the only way to preserve protestantism in Europe. The unity of Presbyterians and Jacobites was queered by their loyalties to divergent forms of church government and the monarchies that supported these churches.

Keywords: popular resistance; Anglo-Scottish Union; Scotland; popular political engagement; Presbyterians; Jacobites; Episcopalian; pamphlets; newspapers; mass petitions

Chapter.  6252 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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