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DundeeRenaissance to Enlightenment$
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Charles McKean, Bob Harris, and Christopher A. Whatley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781845860165

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860165.001.0001

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Dundee and the Crown c. 1550–1650

Dundee and the Crown c. 1550–1650

Chapter (p.33) 2 Dundee and the Crown c. 1550–1650

Alan MacDonald

Edinburgh University Press

Having rebuilt itself after the English destruction of 1549, and reorganised its public buildings on a new axis, the port of Dundee enjoyed its finest decades between 1560 and 1630. This chapter examines Dundee's significance at national level, which was reflected in the strength and frequency of its representation both at the level of Parliament and the Convention of Royal Burghs. Dundonian experience meant that the burgh's representatives were frequently used as senior advisers by representatives of other burghs. Although it failed at the last post in the long-running saga to establish its superiority over Perth, it achieved that de facto in the following centuries, beginning by enticing away much of Perth's textile business by offering lower duties on linen sales.

Keywords:   Dundee, Scotland, burghs, Perth, parliament, Convention of Royal Burghs

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