Children and Youth in Premodern Scotland

October 2015
14 black and white, 2 line illustrations
251 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
St Andrews Studies in Scottish History
ISBN: 9781783270439
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037030

Children and Youth in Premodern Scotland

Edited by Janay Nugent, Elizabeth Ewan

Essays exploring childhood and youth in Scotland before the nineteenth century.
Children and youth have tended to be under-reported in the historical scholarship. This collection of essays recasts the historical narrative by populating premodern Scottish communities from the thirteenth to the late eighteenth centuries with their lively experiences and voices. By examining medieval and early modern Scottish communities through the lens of age, the collection counters traditional assumptions that young people are peripheral to our understanding of the political, economic, and social contexts of the premodern era.
The topics addressed fall into three main sections: the experience of being a child/adolescent; representations of the young; and the construction of the next generation. The individual essays examine the experience of the young at all levels of society, including princes and princesses, aristocratic and gentry youth, urban young people, rural children, and those who came to Scotland as slaves; they draw on evidence from art, personal correspondence, material culture, song, legal and government records, work and marriage contracts, and literature.

Janay Nugent is an Associate Professor of History and a founding member of the Institute for Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; Elizabeth Ewan is University Research Chair and Professor of History and Scottish Studies at the Centre for Scottish Studies, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Contributors: Katie Barclay, Stuart Campbell, Mairi Cowan, Sarah Dunnigan, Elizabeth Ewan, Anne Frater, Dolly MacKinnon, Cynthia J. Neville, Janay Nugent, Heather Parker, Jamie Reid Baxter, Cathryn R. Spence, Laura E. Walkling, Nel Whiting.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Adding Age and Generation as a Category of Historical Analysis - Janay Nugent and Elizabeth Ewan
A 'gret cradil of stait': Growing Up with the Court of James IV - Laura E. Walkling and Mairi Cowan
A Perl for Your Debts? Young Women and Apprenticeships in Early Modern Edinburgh - Cathryn Spence
'Your louing childe and foster': The Fostering of Archie Campbell of Argyll, 1633-39 - Janay Nugent
Work and Play: The Material Culture of Childhood in Early Modern Scotland - Stuart Campbell
Clann and Clan: Children of the Gaelic Nobility, c.1500-c.1800 - Anne Frater
Depictions of Childhood in David Allan's Family Group Portraiture of the 1780s - Nel Whiting
Slave Children: Scotland's Children as Chattels at Home and Abroad in the Eighteenth Century - Dolly MacKinnon
Natural Affection, Children, and Family Inheritance Practices in the Long Eighteenth Century - Katie Barclay
Preparing for Kingship: Prince Alexander of Scotland, 1264-84 - Cynthia J Neville
'At thair perfect age': Elite Child Betrothal and Parental Control, 1430-1560 - Heather Parker
Sons and Daughters, 'young wyfis' and 'barnis': Lyric, Gender, and the Imagining of Youth in the Maitland Manuscripts - Sarah Dunnigan
Elizabeth Melville, Lady Culross: Two Letters to Her Son James - Jamie Reid Baxter
Guide to Further Reading


The book will be of compelling interest to specialists in Scottish studies but also to anyone who wants to learn more about the cultural history and evolution of the concepts of childhood, maturation, child---rearing, and gender as a function of both nature and nurture, from late medieval to modern times in the Western world. CSANA NEWSLETTER

A stimulating and engaging book [and] a magnificent collection of essays. WOMEN'S HISTORY REVIEW

The book is to be welcomed for contributing to a number of different fields of Scottish history. SCOTTISH AFFAIRS

This volume refreshingly situates children within a wide variety of contexts well beyond the parent-child dyad that has traditionally dominated the history of childhood. It alerts us to . . . the rewards of recovering traces of childhood from as many sources as possible. JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY HISTORY

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