By Robert Allen Houston, Ian D. Whyte
Lately students have began to invite new and interesting questions on the lives of the normal humans of Scotland within the centuries earlier than the economic Revolution. The essays during this quantity, written by way of the various top-rated figures in Scottish social background, disguise many major subject matters in pre-industrial Scottish society: poverty, nutrition, social supplier and alter, city improvement, inhabitants mobility and the prestige of ladies. The editors have supplied an introductory evaluate of Scottish society analysing such themes as inhabitants, social constitution, legislation and order, faith and pop culture. The process all through is a comparative one aimed toward highlighting either the similarities and the specified positive aspects of Scottish society compared to these of the remainder of the British Isles and continental Europe. concluding chapters supply insights from experts on Irish and English society into how Scotland matches into the context of 'British' social improvement.
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135 There was probably widespread acceptance of the ideology of domination and its everyday economic and social manifestations but the popular image of a closely-knit society based on mutual respect and need is a serious distortion of reality. Access to the land and the social relationships it created in rural areas had fundamental implications for relations of power and authority. Scottish rural society was marked by a comparative absence of popular unrest. 136 There were sporadic outbursts of protest such as the 'great convocations made in the realm to resist the lords of the ground' in 1457 or the Levellers of south-west Scotland in the 1720s, a body of tenants and cottars opposed to enclosure for cattle farming, but in general rural riot was very rare.
Central government played comparatively little part in the lives of ordinary people during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, fiscally, legally or administratively. Regular royal taxation was a sixteenth-century development and any form of taxation was feared and resented. In the localities, the power of landlords was buttressed by a network of courts which could deal with most civil and criminal cases. Courts of barony and regality, among others, meant that pre-eighteenth-century justice was private, local and amateur rather than central and professional.
Lynch, 'Scottish Calvinism, 1559-1638' (1985). A. H o u s t o n , 'Geographical mobility in Scotland, 1 6 5 2 - 1 8 1 1 ' (1985b): 3 8 0 - 1 . A. Houston and LD. Whyte alternatives to the (post-1690) Presbyterian Kirk. The Secession of 1733, the creation of a 'Relief Church' in 1761 and finally the great Disruption of 1843 mark out the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in Scotland (as in England) as the golden age of religious pluralism. 155 Determining the quality and quantity of religious belief among the population at large is notoriously difficult.
Scottish Society, 1500-1800 by Robert Allen Houston, Ian D. Whyte