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Parliament in Context, 1235–1707$
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Keith Brown and Alan MacDonald

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614868

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614868.001.0001

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The Third Estate: Parliament and the Burghs

The Third Estate: Parliament and the Burghs

(p.95) Chapter 4 The Third Estate: Parliament and the Burghs
Parliament in Context, 1235–1707

Alan R. MacDonald

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents a view of the third estate of burgh commissioners as men primarily concerned to look after the affairs of the merchant community and the interests of their own towns. The burghs had their high points of political influence, notably when governments needed liquid capital, in the fourteenth century and in the later sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, but their activities demonstrate that high politics was only a minor aspect of parliamentary business.

Keywords:   burgh commissioners, merchant community, political influence

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