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Noble Power in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution$
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Keith M Brown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748612987

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612987.001.0001

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(p.148) Chapter 6 Governors
Noble Power in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution

Keith M. Brown

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the men with the virtue and skills necessary in the art of government who were provided by nobles to aid kings. It notes that among the higher ranks of the nobility that duty and that right to give counsel was heritable, as was recognised by parliament in the personal summons issued to peers. It further notes that Mary, James VI, and Charles I each recognised this relationship with their nobles, and while they called on the services of different men none of these rulers entirely ignored the counsel of the nobility or recruited significant numbers of advisers and servants to government from outside of noble society.

Keywords:   nobles, kings, parliament, Mary, James VI, Charles I, advisers

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