The British Confederate
Archibald Campbell, Marquess of Argyll, c1607-1661
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About the Book
The interplay of roles of the Marquess of Argyll, as clan chief, Scottish magnate and influential British statesman, make him a worthy counterpoint to Cromwell. This book reviews Argyll’s formative influence in shaping British frontier policy during the period 1607–38 and his radical, financially creative and highly partial leadership of the Covenanting Movement in Scotland, 1638–45, when Covenanters rather than Royalists or Parliamentarians directed the political agenda in Britain. It examines his role as reluctant but calculated revolutionary in pursuing confessional confederation throughout the British Isles, and in restoring Scotland’s international relations particularly with France. His ambivalent role as a military leader is contrasted with that of his genius as a political operator, 1646–51. Reappraising his trial and execution as a scapegoat for reputedly collaborating with Oliver Cromwell and the regicides who executed Charles I in the 1650s, it rehabilitates Argyll’s reputation as a tarnished Covenanting hero rather than an unalloyed Royalist villain.
The book is firmly grounded in public and private archival sources in the UK, the USA and Scandinavia, and draws especially on privileged access to archives in Inveraray Castle, Argyllshire. It should appeal to those interested in clanship, civil war and British state formation.
Allan I. MacInnes is a specialist in early modern Scottish History in an international context. A graduate of the universities of St Andrews and Glasgow, he has held academic positions at the universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen, the latter position as Burnett-Fletcher Chair of History. He is currently Professor of Early Modern History at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, and is author of a number of books including Charles I and the Making of the Covenanting Movement, 1625–41; Clanship, Commerce and the House of Stuart, 1603–1788; Union and Empire: The Making of the United Kingdom in 1707; and The British Revolution, 1629–1660.