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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 in the Nation c. 1686–1746

Dundee in the Nation c. 1686–1746

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Chapter (p.84) 4 Dundee in the Nation c. 1686–1746
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Dundee
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Derek J. Patrick

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860165.003.0004

This chapter examines how events between c. 1686 and 1746 impacted on Dundee's economy, religion, loyalties, and political allegiance. During this period, Scotland witnessed a series of events of fundamental importance to the kingdom, beginning with the accession of a catholic monarch, James VII, in 1685. The Revolution of 1688–89 that saw him ousted and replaced by his son-in-law and daughter, William and Mary, was followed by the incorporating Union of 1707 which created the kingdom of Great Britain; and the period ended with the last of three significant Jacobite rebellions with the common goal of restoring the exiled Stuart monarchs. Dundee coped well with the trials and tribulations of what proved an especially difficult and ultimately crucial chapter in Scots history. Perhaps in response to the burgh's well-understood economic weakness, its council and citizens placed a higher priority upon the burgh's interest and economic wellbeing than on pursuing its citizens for political or evangelical reasons; and this priority was to serve it well as it redefined its national role in the late eighteenth century.

Keywords:   Dundee, Scotland, burghs, economy, James VII, Revolution of 1688–89, Jacobite rebellions

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