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Chapter 5 - The Inclinations of the People

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 December 2020

Karin Bowie
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University of Glasgow
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This chapter draws attention to the making of claims about popular preferences to justify a change in church government in the Revolution of 1688-90. The analysis shows how ‘the inclinations of the generality of the people’ came to be included in Scotland’s 1689 Claim of Right to demand the reinstatement of presbyterian church government. This formulation drew on the language of grievance to present what was described as the laity’s instinctive and historical desire for a church without prelacy, while assertive crowds and volunteer forces demonstrated the potential for popular violence if these wishes were not acknowledged. The ensuing Revolution settlement gave constitutional authority to the preferences of the people in church government, stimulating an ongoing debate between presbyterians and episcopalians on the people’s true desires. Pamphleteers provided geographical and social assessments and proposals for direct polling while petitioners sought to demonstrate counter-opinions, reinforcing the prominence of opinion at large in Scottish politics.

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Print publication year: 2020

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  • The Inclinations of the People
  • Karin Bowie, University of Glasgow
  • Book: Public Opinion in Early Modern Scotland, c.1560–1707
  • Online publication: 21 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108918787.006
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  • The Inclinations of the People
  • Karin Bowie, University of Glasgow
  • Book: Public Opinion in Early Modern Scotland, c.1560–1707
  • Online publication: 21 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108918787.006
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  • The Inclinations of the People
  • Karin Bowie, University of Glasgow
  • Book: Public Opinion in Early Modern Scotland, c.1560–1707
  • Online publication: 21 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108918787.006
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