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The First Scottish EnlightenmentRebels, Priests, and History$
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Kelsey Jackson Williams

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198809692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198809692.001.0001

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Enlightenment Origins

Enlightenment Origins

(p.10) 1 Enlightenment Origins
The First Scottish Enlightenment

Kelsey Jackson Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter locates the origins of the first Scottish Enlightenment in James VII and II’s patronage in 1680s Edinburgh and the psychological and social impact of the revolution of 1688 on Jacobite, Episcopalian, and Catholic scholars. It closely examines the institutional structures of learned societies, libraries, and churches, demonstrating the ways in which they shaped the agenda of subsequent writers. In doing so, it offers new readings of important moments such as the foundation of the Advocates Library and the ill-fated Catholic presence at Holyroodhouse while offering case studies in the form of the well-known polymath Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh and the more obscure scholar John Cockburn.

Keywords:   Advocates Library, library history, Holyroodhouse, James VII and II, Catholicism, Royalism

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