"His spirit was given only to warre": conflict and identity in the Scottish Gàidhealtachd, c. 1580- c. 1630

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MacCoinnich, A. (2002)
  • Publisher: Brill
  • Subject: DA

This article examines aspects of Highland or Gaelic Society in the decades immediately preceeding and following the Union of the Crowns of England with Scotland in 1603. It examines crown and crown-sanctioned commercial and colonial initiatives in the Highlands both before and after the union and how this impinged on patterns of feud and violence in the area. Many (but not all) of the inhabitants of the Highlands and Islands were deemed barbarous, uncivil, and fit for expropriation and colonisation. This essay focuses on how people in various localities in the Highlands, often regarded as a militarised society, reacted to and identified with the Scottish state and with the new British state after 1603.
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    6. Sir G. Mackenzie. 1st Earl of Cromartie, 'History of the Family of Mackenzie', in W. Fraser. ed.. The earls of Cromartie: their kindred country and Correspondence, ii (Edinburgh: 1876) 504.

    7. W.C. Mackenzie, History of the Outer Hebrides (Paisley and London: 1903) 173- 265.

    8. 1 would like to thank Dr Sonja Cameron for letting me see her (as yet) unpublished paper 'Contumaciously Absent: The Lords of the Isles and the Scottish Crown'. Dr Cameron has challenged the traditional view of the Macdonald lordship of the Isles as contributing towards a 'Highland problem', suggesting instead that the problem lay in Edinburgh.

    9. S. Murdoch. `The Good, the had and the anonymous: A preliminary Survey of Scots in the Dutch East Indies 1612 1707', Northern Scotland, 22 (2002) 1 and fn. 1

    10 See A.H. Williamson, `Scots, Indians and Empire: The Scottish Politics of Civilisation', Past and Present, 150 (1996) 50-53.

    11 NAS, Seaforth Muniments, GD 46/18/147. For an account (1629) of Dutch activity in the Hebrides from the 1590s, see Mackenzie, The History of the Outer Hebrides 586-7, Appendix D.

    12 See A.I. Macinnes, `Scottish Gaeldom, 1638-1651: The Vernacular Response to the Covenanting Dynamic', in J. Dwyer, et al. eds., New Perspectives on the Politics and Culture of Early Modern Scotland (Edinburgh: 1982) 58-94.

    13. C.T. Mclnnes, ed., Calendar of the Writs of Munro of Foulis 1299-1823 (Edinburgh: 1940) 15, no 51.

    14 J. Mackenzie of Applecross 'The Genealogie of the surname of Mackenzie (c. I667)', 1-68 in J.R.N. MacPhail, ed., Highland Papers, II (Edinburgh: 1916) 62- 3. [hereafter: 'Applecross MS, HP II'].

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