Agriculture, Economy and Society in Early Modern Scotland
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308 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

4 maps and 10 b/w illus.

Series: Boydell Studies in Rural History

Series Vol. Number: 4

Imprint: Boydell Press

Agriculture, Economy and Society in Early Modern Scotland

Edited by Harriet Cornell, Julian Goodare and Alan R. MacDonald

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Showcases the latest research on Scotland's rural economy and society.

Early modern Scotland was predominantly rural. Agriculture was the main occupation of most people at the time, so what happened in the countryside was crucial: economically, socially and culturally. The essays collected here focus on the years between around 1500 and 1750. This period, although before the main era of agricultural "improvement" in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, was nevertheless far from static in terms of agrarian development. Specific topics addressed include everyday farming practices; investment; landlords, tenants and estate management; and the cultural context within which agriculture was "imagined". The disastrous famine of 1622-23 is analysed in detail. The volume is completed by a comprehensive survey of recent historiography, setting agricultural history in its broader context.
Introduction: Exploring Scotland's Agricultural History - Harriet Cornell, Julian Goodare and Alan R. MacDonald
1. Imagining Scottish Agriculture Before the Improvers - Julian Goodare
2. The Use of Dykes in Scottish Farming 1500-1700 - Briony Kincaid
3. The Famine of 1622-23 in Scotland - Kevin Hall
4. Weather and Farming through the Eyes of a Sixteenth-Century Highland Peasant - Julian Goodare
5. Stock, Fermes, Mails and Duties in a Midlothian Barony 1587-89 - Norah Carlin
6. The Roots of Improvement: Early Seventeenth-Century Agriculture on the Mains of Dundas, Linlithgowshire - Alan R. MacDonald
7. 'God Knowis my Sleipisar Short and Unsound': Andro Smyth's Collection of Rent, Tax, Teind and Tolls in Shetland c.1640 - Brian Smith
8. Farming in the Stirling Area 1560-1750 - John G. Harrison
9. What Were the Fiars Prices Used For? - T. C. Smout
10. Agriculture and Banking in Eighteenth-Century Scotland 1695-1750 - Gains Murdoch
11. Capitalism's Cradle? Ideas, Policies, and the Rise of the Scottish Economy in the Mercantilist Age 1600-1800 - Philipp Robinson Rössner
Conclusion: An Historiographical and Bibliographical Overview - R. A. Houston
Index

HARRIET CORNELL is Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform (PeaceRep) Programme Manager, Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh.

JULIAN GOODARE is Emeritus Professor of History, University of Edinburgh.

ALAN R. MacDONALD is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Dundee.

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Title Details

308 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

4 maps and 10 b/w illus.

Series: Boydell Studies in Rural History

Series Vol. Number: 4

Imprint: Boydell Press