Clan, King and Covenant
The History of the Highland Clans from the Civil War to the Glencoe Massacre
By (author) John L. Roberts
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Clan, King and Covenant by John L. Roberts
Book DescriptionClan, King and Covenant explores the turbulent history of the Highlands during the seventeenth century. The signing of the National Covenant in 1638 first challenged the powers of Charles I in Scotland, but it was only when Alisdair MacDonald joined Montrose in raising the Royalist clans that the country erupted into civil war. Central to the conflict was the ancient enmity between the MacDonalds and the Campbells, Earls of Argyll, as clan Donald attempted to reclaim their ancestral lands in Argyll. There followed a whirlwind year of spectacular victories for Montrose in the name of the King as the Highland clans emerged upon the national stage, before his campaign subsided into eventual defeat. However it was only after the Restoration of Charles II that a bitter and protracted struggle broke out between Church and Crown, after Bishops were reappointed to the national Church. Political and religious tensions mounted with the acession of James VII of Scotland (James II of England) as a Catholic king ruling over a predominantly Presbyterian people. It reached a climax in the outbreak of the Highland War, when Viscount Dundee won a devastating victory at Killiecrankie on behalf of James VII over the Presbyterian forces of Lowland Scotland, but at the cost of his own life. Subsequently the Crown imposed an uneasy peace upon the Highlands, after the cold-blooded plotting of 'murder under trust' culminated in the Glencoe Massacre. Condoned by William of Orange, few events in the blood-stained history of the Highland clans have quite the dreadful resonance of this act, carried out cynically as a matter of public policy. Also available by the same author: Lost Kingdoms and Feuds, Forays and Rebellions (both Edinburgh University Press)
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748613939
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John L. Roberts
Jacobite Wars, Paperback (February 2002)
A clear and demythologised account of the military campaigns waged by the Jacobites against the Hanoverian monarchs.
Feuds, Forays and Rebellions, Paperback (June 1999)
Feuds, Forays and Rebellions is a history of the Highland Clans over the hundred and fifty years after the MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles, forfeited the Earldom of Ross in 1475.
Highland Geology Trail, Paperback (May 1998)
From fossils on Skye to the oldest rocks in Europe, this is a guide to the geology of the diverse landforms of the north and west Highlands of Scotland.
Lost Kingdoms, Paperback (May 1997)» View all books by John L. Roberts
This book follows the history of Celtic Scotland from the ancient kingdoms of the Picts and Scots to the downfall of Clan Donald at the end of the fifteenth century.
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Author Biography - John L. Roberts
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