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By John Shaw

This research seems to be afresh on the assumption that these within the Scottish parliament who voted for the union of 1707 bought their nation. the realm of Scottish politics after the union is then explored from the point of view of the folks on the best of the ruling elite. it's the global of the squadrone, Argyll, Ilay, Bute and Dundas, the place there has been little civic advantage. a lot is realized through the century as an entire in describing their struggles, their factors and ideas, their position in the politics of significant Britain and the demanding situations to their complacency.

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Breadalbane's letter was written after a 34 The Political History of Eighteenth-Century Scotland contentious by-election: As to one of your queries, whether this was the first time of the Min_rs writing to the Peers? The custom is very modern. Arch. D of Argyll had the nomination, but in a different manner, for some persons here who did his dirty work [Milton and his associates] took care to let all the Peers know who would be agreeable, and the knowing from whence the authority came almost always acquiesced.

Their support for the union was thereby ensured. London became the centre of Scottish politics. Even before the union took place, there had been jockeying for position- in both England and Scotland - in anticipation of the change. With union achieved, competition quickly broke out. This did much to influence the important events which were to follow, bringing about the abolition of the Scottish Privy Council within a year. Matters of principle were also at stake and have to be added to the equation, hard though it can be at times to measure their impact given the strength of personal and factional divisions.

In the politics of England private animosities were, as observed, only one factor in the equation, such were the great affairs that prevented them from dominating. In the politics of Scotland, in so far as Scotland had its separate politics, animosities were certainly more obtrusive for many years after the union. They represented the aforesaid trivialisation of Scottish politics. This state of affairs was not simply down to magnate influences. In was brought about, in part, because the Scots were excluded from a significant share in government at ministerial level outside Scottish matters.

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