Tales of a Scottish Grandfather


The third quarter of the classic volume written by Scott, Tales of a Grandfather, covering the history of Scotland up to Scott's time.

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The third quarter of the classic volume written by Scott, Tales of a Grandfather, covering the history of Scotland up to Scott's time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581821291
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Tales of a Scottish Grandfather Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
XLVIII The End of the Commonwealth 3
XLIX The Restoration 18
L The Age of the Martyrdom 33
LI On to Bothwell Bridge 47
LII The Cameronians 61
LIII Whigs and Tories 74
LIV The Great Revolution 86
LV The Jacobite Cause 106
LVI Contending for the Throne 124
LVII De Facto and De Jure 137
LVIII The Massacre of Glencoe 150
LIX Darien and Anne 164
LX Acts of Succession and Union 178
LXI Intrigue of the Jacobites 208
LXII The Rising of the Chevalier 218
LXIII The Woes of the Union 233
LXIV Marlborough, Bolingbroke, and Utrecht 249
LXV Calm Before the Storm 261
Kings of Scotland 271
Index 275
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2007

    Political Lessons the Future USA would learn from Scotland and England.

    This third volume of Walter Scott's four volume history of Scotland for his pre-teen grandson covers 1658 to 1714. That is, Scott sketches the last days of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell, the brief reign of his son Richard, the return from exile of King Charles II, the popular opposition against his Roman Catholic brother James's becoming monarch of Protestant Scotland and England, James's defeat by the army of his son-in-law Prince William of Orange, the co- reign of King William III and James II's daughter Mary and finally the sole reign of King James's second Protestant daughter Anne Stuart. That's a lot of Stuarts!' *** Six of Sir Walter's 27 historical novels are set in Britain in the period between 1658 and 1714: WOODSTOCK, THE TALE OF OLD MORTALITY, PEVERIL OF THE PEAK, THE PIRATE, THE BRIDE OF LAMMERMOOR and THE BLACK DWARF. All reflect the dynastic jockeying and religious tensions of the time. Each romance motivates readers to flesh out their reading of period novels by Walter Scott, John Galt and James Hogg with more background from Scott's less than exhaustive but brilliantly written historical series TALES OF A SCOTTISH GRANDFATHER. *** Do not think that this tale of the end of the Stuart dynasty in Scotland and England is without any application to the future United States of America. Madison, Hamilton, Franklin and other founders knew of the abuses which Scott was writing about. Those Founders used history as well as theory to decide how to apportion power between executive, legislature and judiciary as well as between center and consituent parts of a national political unity. *** Far-seeing Scotsmen in 1706-1707, when the Treaty was being negotiated that created the United Kingdom, sought but failed to achieve a true federal union, one in which Scotland would keep its own legislature. The United Kingdom of 1707 had three separately established national religions: Episcopalianism for England and Ireland and Presbyterianism for Scotland. North American thinkers did not like those results, especially cruel, monolithic Presbyterian action in Scotland to coerce the consciences of Catholics and Episcopalians. Americans were inspired to think of innovative ways not to establish national religions. *** So you may read Walter Scott's Volume III -- 1658 - 1714 -- as an early laboratory of experiments in Scotland and England that led Americans to put together something politically more advanced and humane than Britain, but also consciously derived from British history. - OOO-

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