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Academic Patronage in the Scottish EnlightenmentGlasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities$
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Roger L. Emerson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625963

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625963.001.0001

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Principal Stirling's Regime: Family and Politics, 1701–1725

Principal Stirling's Regime: Family and Politics, 1701–1725

(p.43) 3 Principal Stirling's Regime: Family and Politics, 1701–1725
Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Roger L. Emerson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the political environment of Stirling's early years as principal which was much like that of the 1690s — no political faction was dominant and the kaleidoscope of politics changed almost yearly as magnates struggled against one another to make the most of the pickings in the kingdom. It notes that the great issues of these years centred on what to do to make the Scottish state viable and how to improve it. It observes that the formation of more stable political groupings in the Scottish Parliament came about partly because of the positions taken by magnates and their family connections with respect to the Revolution of 1688 and the matter of Union with England.

Keywords:   political environment, Stirling, principal, Scottish state, Scottish Parliament, Revolution

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