Finding the Family in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland

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In this interdisciplinary collaboration, an international group of scholars have come together to suggest new directions tor the study of the family in Scotland circa 1300-1750. Contributors apply tools from across a range of disciplines including art history, literature, music, gender studies, anthropology, history and religious studies to assess creatively the broad range of sources which inform our understanding of the pre-modern Scottish family. A central purpose of this volume is to encourage further studies in this area by highlighting the types of sources available, as well as actively engaging in broader historiographical debates to demonstrate how important and effective family studies are to advancing our understanding of the past.
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Introduction Where is the Family in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland? Elizabeth Ewan Ewan, Elizabeth Janay Nugent Nugent, Janay 1

Pt. 1 Sources

1 Finding the Family in the Charters of Medieval Scotland, 1150-1350 Cynthia J. Neville Neville, Cynthia J. 11

2 And Four Years Space, being Man and Wife, they Loveingly Agreed': Balladry and Early Modern Understandings of Marriage Katie Barclay Barclay, Katie 23

3 'I have now a book of songs of her writing': Scottish Families, Orality, Literacy and the Transmission of Musical Culture c.1500-c.1800 Dolly MacKinnon MacKinnon, Dolly 35

4 The Crucible: Witchcraft and the Experience of Family in Early Modern Scotland Scott Moir Moir, Scott 49

Pt. 2 Family Roles

5 The "Name of the Father: Baptism and the Social Construction of Fatherhood in Early Modern Edinburgh Melissa Hollander Hollander, Melissa 63

6 Parents and Children in Early Modern Scotland David G. Mullan Mullan, David G. 73

7 Crediting Wives: Married Women and Debt Litigation in the Seventeenth Century Gordon DesBrisay DesBrisay, Gordon Karen Sander Thomson Thomson, Karen Sander 85

8 Lapidary Inscriptions: Rhetoric, Reality and the Baillies of Mellerstain Barbara C. Murison Murison, Barbara C. 99

Pt. 3 Family, Kin and Community

9 The Spiritual Ties of Kinship in Pre-Reformation Scotland Main Cowan Cowan, Main 115

10 'Inressyng of kyndnes, and renewing off thair blud': The Family, Kinship and Clan Policy in Sixteenth-Century Scottish Gaeldom Alison Cathcart Cathcart, Alison 127

11 A. Family Affair: Households, Misbehaving and the Community in Sixteenth-Century Aberdeen J. R. D. Falconer Falconer,J. R. D. 139

12 The Famine of the 1690s and Its Aftermath: Survival and Recovery of the Family Karen Cullen Cullen, Karen 151

13 The Disorder of Comrie, Perthshire After the '45: A Leg in a Cornfield Deborah A. Symonds Symonds, Deborah A. 163

Guide to Further Reading 175

Glossary 181

Index 185

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