Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Re-formed by Kirk and Crown : urban politics and civic society in Glasgow during the reign of James VI, c.1585-1625
Author: Goatman, Paul
ISNI:       0000 0004 7427 3570
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2018
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
This thesis provides a history of the burgh of Glasgow during the adult reign of James VI (c.1585-1625). It is the first dedicated study of the burgh during this period and revises existing published work on Glasgow, which has tended to be teleological in choosing to focus on the way that developments in this period provided the basis for the town’s subsequent demographic and economic expansion in the late-seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Here, the themes of Reformation and state formation are brought to the fore. The thesis argues that the period saw wholesale modernisation of Glasgow’s municipal administration and that this was driven by central government. The modernisation of local government in Glasgow is therefore used to support arguments about a ‘Stewart revolution in government’ and the ‘rise of the state’ under James VI. Between 1600 and 1606, the crown’s nominee as provost, Sir George Elphinstone of Blythswood, oversaw a wide-ranging programme of civic reform which established a constitution in the town that would last for more than a century. This period corresponded with the assertion of royal authority within the Kirk and the appointment of John Spottiswood as Archbishop of Glasgow in 1603. In discussing the impact of these developments upon Glasgow, the thesis also therefore provides the first examination of the ways in which the town experienced Scotland’s ‘Long Reformation’ and takes into account the activity of the Kirk there under both the Presbyterian and Episcopalian settlements. A new framework is offered for understanding the nature of change and continuity in Scotland’s late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth century burghs, which focuses more precisely on the change wrought by processes of state formation and Reformation than historians have done hitherto. In doing so, the thesis sheds new light on three important areas of Scotland’s early modern history: the emergence of the Scottish ‘early modern town’ during the reign of James VI, the Reformation and Jacobean state formation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: DA Great Britain