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Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Graeme Morton

commissioned by the Scottish government looked to determine how many people claimed an ancestral relationship to Scotland. With the end of empire the focus had shifted beyond Britain’s former or remaining overseas territories, and the investigators surveyed worldwide to estimate anything between 28 million and 40 million people choose to name their descent from the Scottish homeland. 3 What precisely

in Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century
John M. MacKenzie

years after David Livingstone’s death it became the powerful myth underpinning the outburst of missionary enterprise in Africa, embracing all denominations, but perhaps particularly associated with Scottish missions, prominently in Nyasaland/Malawi. 2 Livingstone’s congregationalism and his openness to a diversity of Christian churches ensured that his heroic leadership was

in Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century
Eric Richards

Colonial misadventure The Darién project was the infamously aborted Scottish colony in the Isthmus of Panama in the late 1690s. It is commonly regarded as the disastrous precipitant of the Union of Scotland and England in 1707, and has ever since been the subject of nationalist controversy. The Darién adventure was financed and organised from Edinburgh and Glasgow, with

in Imperial expectations and realities
Sarah C. E. Ross

Chapter 2 Elizabeth Melville and the religious sonnet sequence in Scotland and England Sarah C. E. Ross T he lyrics in manuscript that Jamie Reid-Baxter has attributed to Elizabeth Melville, the Scottish religious poet and author of Ane Godlie Dreame (1603), include three sequences of religious sonnets, a poetic genre around which there clusters a language of ‘firsts’ in literary-critical discussion of the period. Anne Lock’s A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner (1560), a sequence of religious sonnets that paraphrase and expand on Psalm 51, has received extensive

in Early modern women and the poem
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Clare Jackson

churches in England, Scotland and Ireland, sustained by a consensus that secure and stable government required religious conformity throughout the three kingdoms. By 1711, however, Episcopacy had been abolished in Scotland and Presbyterianism re-established; Protestant dissenters in England had been granted religious toleration in 1689; and, in Ireland, the rapid growth of Protestant nonconformist congregations continually

in The later Stuart Church, 1660–1714
Emily Wingfield

’s family briefly came under the duke’s protection. However, they became involved in resisting the Norman invaders and in 1068 Margaret was forced to seek ‘shelter’ in Scotland along with her mother and siblings. She subsequently married the Scottish king Malcolm III in 1069 or 1070, died at Edinburgh Castle on 16 November 1093, and was buried before the high altar in Dunfermline Priory Church. She was canonised in 1249–50. 2 Relatively few accounts of Margaret’s life survive, 3 but those that do emphasise her literacy and learning to a

in Aspects of knowledge