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The First Scottish Enlightenment: Rebels, Priests, and History

Kelsey Jackson Williams


Traditional accounts of the Scottish Enlightenment present the half-century or so before 1750 as, at best, a not yet fully realized precursor to the era of Hume and Smith, at worst, a period of superstition and religious bigotry. This is the first book-length study to systematically challenge that notion. Instead, it argues that the era between approximately 1680 and 1745 was a ‘First’ Scottish Enlightenment, part of the continent-wide phenomenon of Early Enlightenment and led by the Jacobites, Episcopalians, and Catholics of north-eastern Scotland. It makes this argument through an intensive ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, Scotland, Episcopalianism, Catholicism, Jacobitism, erudition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198809692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelsey Jackson Williams, author
Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, University of Stirling