Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland

Margaret Tudor was the eldest daughter of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York. She was the elder sister of Henry VIII and Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk. Her marriage to the King of Scotland was to have repercussions for Scottish history down to this day.

All Shut Up: Carlyle and the Pursuit of Domestic Silence

These two opposing visions of the home – as a form of super secure refuge, and as a mode of dizzying flux and tumult – were contained, however uncomfortably, within the same four walls.

The Kirk, the Burgh, and Fun

This complex web of interests and principles produces individual ironies, and the paper contrasts the activity of Haddington’s one-time schoolmaster and play director, James Carmichael, who, as he reformist minister of the town, was chosen to subdue the author of a local May play (here named for the first time).

More Than Just Kidd’s Play

Tom Wareham examines the role played by a legendary yet ill-fated pirate in the consolidation of England’s early trading empire.

Leather guns and other light artillery in mid-17th-century Scotland

It was the Scottish officers who had served under Gustavus Adolphus who brought knowledge of leather guns to Britain.

Poor Relief in Edinburgh and the Famine of 1621-24

Although Scottish (and English) historians have not ignored the famine of 1621-24, the crisis still needs to be adequately contextualised within investigations into the development of poor relief in the early seventeenth century.

"Pillars of the Authority of Princes": Reflections on the Employment of Bishops in the British Isles in the Reign of James VI/I

Even if he had never succeeded Elizabeth I and become king of England, James VI of Scotland was well aware of the regional challenges presented by the British Isles, and the limited force of government authority in some of its more remote areas.

English Xenophobia in the 18th Century: the Case of Lord Bute

The covert manipulator, in other words, of the political strings chiefly responsible for the difficulties which marked the opening years of George III’s reign.

The Case for the Union 1707

Andrew Fletcher’s First Discourse Concerning the Affairs of Scotland, published in 1698, makes the case for an independent Scotland, and also initiates the debate on Union, on whether Scotland should go it alone or join England. Pamphlets on both sides soon appeared in large numbers.

For Something More Than King and Country: The Persistence of the Mercenary Tradition in Seventeenth Century Scottish Military History

Why was it that the Highlanders came into the military service of a regime that had previously treated their society as a pariah?

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