His spirit was given only to warre: Conflict and Identity in the Scottish Gàidhealtachd, c. 1580- c. 1630

Aonghas Maccoinnich

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This article examines aspects of Highland or Gaelic Society in the decades immediately preceeding and following the Union of the Crowns of England with Scotland in 1603. It examines crown and crown-sanctioned commercial and colonial initiatives in the Highlands both before and after the union and how this impinged on patterns of feud and violence in the area. Many (but not all) of the inhabitants of the Highlands and Islands were deemed barbarous, uncivil, and fit for expropriation and colonisation. This essay focuses on how people in various localities in the Highlands, often regarded as a militarised society, reacted to and identified with the Scottish state and with the new British state after 1603.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFighting for Identity
Subtitle of host publicationScottish Military Experience, c. 1550-1900
EditorsSteve Murdoch, Andrew MacKillop
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9789004128231
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameHistory of Warfare
ISSN (Print)1385-7827


  • warfare
  • Scottish history
  • Gaelic
  • conflict
  • clans
  • clanship

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