Civility, Order and the Highlands in Cromwellian Britain

Allan Kennedy (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    Above all, the republican regime that governed first England, and then the entirety of the British Isles in the 1650s viewed itself as ‘godly’. This was a concept with deep roots in English puritanism, and it conditioned the domestic aims and policies of the Cromwellian state. We know that the Commonwealth made some effort to export ‘godliness’ to Scotland, but little has so far been done to trace the implications of this agenda for the most traditionally ‘ungodly’ part of Scotland – the Highlands. This article traces how the notion of ‘godliness’ influenced Cromwellian attitudes towards Highland Scotland, as well as exploring the ways in which government policy tried to affect religious and behavioural reformation among Highlanders. In so doing, the article seeks to shed light upon the nature of the English regime in Scotland, while also offering an under-appreciated insight into the mental realm of the Commonwealth state more broadly
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49-69
    Number of pages21
    JournalThe Innes Review
    Volume69
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018

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    Keywords

    • Civility
    • Cromwell
    • early modern
    • highlands
    • government
    • religion
    • garrisons

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    In: The Innes Review, Vol. 69, No. 1, 01.05.2018, p. 49-69.

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