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Scotland and the Union 1707-2007$
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Tom Devine

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635412

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635412.001.0001

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Popular Resistance, Religion and the Union of 1707

Popular Resistance, Religion and the Union of 1707

(p.39) 3 Popular Resistance, Religion and the Union of 1707
Scotland and the Union 1707-2007
T.M. Devine
Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents a discussion on popular resistance, religion and the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707. In the early eighteenth century, Scotland saw noteworthy advances in the publicity of its national affairs, with pamphlets and mass petitions accompanying strident debates on the Anglo-Scottish union not just in Parliament but the General Assembly and the Convention of Royal Burghs. Popular political engagement depended on data provided by pamphlets, newspapers, letters and oral exchanges between Edinburgh and provincial communities. Unionists were aware of the dangers of English power in union, but saw advantages for Scotland with appropriate safeguards. Some Scots rejected the Presbyterian-Episcopalian conflicts and saw incorporation as the only way to preserve protestantism in Europe. The unity of Presbyterians and Jacobites was queered by their loyalties to divergent forms of church government and the monarchies that supported these churches.

Keywords:   popular resistance, Anglo-Scottish Union, Scotland, popular political engagement, Presbyterians, Jacobites, Episcopalian, pamphlets, newspapers, mass petitions

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