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Raymond Campbell Paterson
No Tragic Story


From the time of King Robert Bruce, the Campbells of Argyll built up a considerable power in the western Highlands as allies of the Crown. Many less favoured clans, most notably the Macdonalds and Macleans, fell victim to Campbell imperialism, which always managed to combine personal ambition with public duty. However, in the late seventeenth century the picture began to change, with dramatic consequences for the future of the Highlands. The axis with the ruling house was broken; the house of Argyll, once so formidable, began to crumble and then collapsed. Lawmen became rebels. In 1685, attempting to recover from the abyss, Archibald Campbell, the ninth Earl of Argyll, began a rising intended to overthrow the Stewart monarchy.

In this book-the first full account of the Argyll Rising - Raymond Campbell Paterson places the events of 1685 in the context of late Stewart politics, both in Scotland and Britain as a whole. Long overshadowed by the rebellion of the Duke of Monmouth in the same year, Argyll’s uprising was potentially the more formidable. Even its failure is not without significance. It created a bond between the house of Stewart and the Highland enemies of the Campbells, later to emerge in the Jacobite movement.


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