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Scotland and the French Revolutionary War, 1792-1802$
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Atle L. Wold

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403313

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403313.001.0001

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The Government of Scotland in the 1790s

The Government of Scotland in the 1790s

(p.7) Chapter One The Government of Scotland in the 1790s
Scotland and the French Revolutionary War, 1792-1802

Atle L. Wold

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at the way Scotland was government during the 1790s. The central focus is on the response given by the authorities in Scotland to the up-surge of political radicalism and politically induced popular disturbances in the early years of the decade, as well as on the relationship between the local authorities in Scotland, and the central government in London. A main argument presented is that local and central government were not always in agreement, and that there was a degree of interaction between them, where the views presented by the local officials in Scotland sometimes prevailed. The chapter also looks at how the authorities in Scotland related to the various other challenges a decade of war presented to them.

Keywords:   Dundas, Habeas Corpus, Reign of Terror, Popular disturbances, Repressive policy, Mutiny, Local authority, Edinburgh

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