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‘We Bund and Obleiss Us Never More to Querrell’: Bonds, Private Obliga tions and Public Justice in the Reign of James VI<sup>1</sup>

Anna Groundwater

in Kings, Lords and Men in Scotland and Britain, 1300–1625

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2014 | ISBN: 9780748691500
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781474400848 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691500.003.0009
‘We Bund and Obleiss Us Never More to Querrell’: Bonds, Private Obliga tions and Public Justice in the Reign of James VI1

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This chapter explores the process of bonding during the reign of James VI, and the complex set of motivations, including obligations of kinship, allegiance and lordship, which helped to secure co-operation with the law. In a time of the crown’s unprecedented intolerance of violent crime, and the intensification of government that Scotland experienced under James, it is suggested that, whilst there was an increasing emphasis on formal public procedures to resolve disputes, early modern government continued to use traditional methods, such as bonding, to implement the newly registered laws. Formal public justice thus continued to utilise the informal mechanisms provided by ‘private’ justice, and the socio-political structures of authority formed by traditional lordship and a kin-based society, blurring any division between the concept and practice of public and private justice. The very bonding of society itself continued to facilitate the objectives of a newly intrusive crown.

Keywords: justice; arbitration; law; lordship; James VI

Chapter.  8289 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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