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Liberty, Property and Popular PoliticsEngland and Scotland, 1688-1815. Essays in Honour of H. T. Dickinson$
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Gordon Pentland and Michael Davis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474405676

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405676.001.0001

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Liberty, Property and the Post-Culloden Acts of Parliament in the Gáidhealtachd

Liberty, Property and the Post-Culloden Acts of Parliament in the Gáidhealtachd

(p.58) Chapter 4 Liberty, Property and the Post-Culloden Acts of Parliament in the Gáidhealtachd*
Liberty, Property and Popular Politics

Matthew P. Dziennik

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines how the post-Culloden acts of the British Parliament, intended to ‘assimilate’ the Scottish Highlands to Whig and British norms, was appropriated and adapted by local political actors. In the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745–1746, Parliament passed a series of measures designed to end forever the Jacobite threat to the Hanoverian state. The accepted association of the Gaelic-speaking Scottish Highlands with Jacobitism made the Gàidhealtachd the explicit target of these measures. Drawing on H. T. Dickinson’s work on the political ideologies of eighteenth-century Britain, the chapter investigates how Gaels negotiated the application of state authority. It considers the Act of Proscription (1746), the second of four major parliamentary acts passed in conjunction with the suppression of the Jacobite rebellions.

Keywords:   post-Culloden acts, British Parliament, Scottish Highlands, Jacobitism, Gàidhealtachd, H. T. Dickinson, Gaels, state authority, Act of Proscription, Jacobite rebellions

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