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Edward J Cowan and Richard J Finlay

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614196

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614196.001.0001

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‘What's in a Name?’: Pedigree and Propaganda in Seventeenth-Century Scotland

‘What's in a Name?’: Pedigree and Propaganda in Seventeenth-Century Scotland

Chapter:
(p.146) (p.147) Chapter 7 ‘What's in a Name?’: Pedigree and Propaganda in Seventeenth-Century Scotland
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Scottish History
Author(s):

David Allan

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614196.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the wonderful potential for inventiveness in the seventeenth-century manufacture of family history, something of a craze during the period. It shows that the obsession was only in part a reflection of family pride for an equally important contributory factor was aristocratic neurosis.

Keywords:   family history, inventiveness, family pride, aristocratic neurosis

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