Restoration, Revolution, Union & Rebellion: Scotland c.1660-1760 - HY32026

Quick Facts

  • Level 3
  • 30 Credits
  • Semester 1
  • 24 places
  • History - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 50% Examination 50%
  • A European Studies pathway module choice. This module was not available in 2014/15. Available and updated for 2015/16 study.

Module Details

This module focuses on a critical period in Scotland’s history which witnessed the restoration of the Stewart monarchy, revolution and dynastic change, incorporating union and the emergence of the British state, the rise and fall of Jacobitism, and considerable economic and social transformation.

The module will attempt to place Scotland in both its British and European context and will cover a wide range of political, economic and social history.

Key issues we will discuss include:

  • The nature of the Restoration settlement in Scotland
  • The significance of religion
  • Stewart absolutism, the Revolution and its impact on Scotland
  • The condition of Scotland in the late seventeenth century
  • The background and consequences of Union
  • The development of the British state
  • The origins, survival and collapse of the Jacobite movement
  • Social change and economic progress in the 18th century


Dr Derek Patrick


The module is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. In these you will have the opportunity to work with a variety of primary sources dealing with all aspects of the module.


This module is assessed as follows:

  • Essay (20%)
  • Visual Source Exercise (15%)
  • Source Based Exercise (15%)
  • Examination (50%)


Introductory Reading

  • Brown, K. M., Kingdom or Province? Scotland and the Regal Union, 1603 – 1715. (London, 1992)
  • Devine, T. M., Scotland’s Empire, 1600 – 1815. (London, 2003)
  • Whatley, C. A., Scottish Society: Beyond Jacobitism, towards industrialisation. (Manchester, 2000)
  • Whyte, I. D., Scotland’s Society and Economy in Transition, 1600 – 1760. (1997)

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