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The Scots In Early Stuart IrelandUnion and separation in two kingdoms$
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Simon Egan and David Edwards

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097218

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097218.001.0001

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Introduction Union and separation

Introduction Union and separation

(p.1) Introduction Union and separation
The Scots In Early Stuart Ireland

David Edwards

Manchester University Press

Studies of the three kingdoms have focussed chiefly on how between 1603-49 the realms of Scotland and Ireland inter-related with the major realm, of England. Though such studies have enriched the histories of each kingdom, it might also be said that understanding developments across the ‘Three Kingdoms’ in the early seventeenth century has become unduly Anglo-centric because of the sheer coverage given to England. By concentrating on Irish-Scottish relations however, another world can be perceived, where the objectives of England were not as critical as is often supposed. Summarising the recent surge in Irish-Scottish studies Edwards observes how King James’s notion of using Ireland to forge a closer Anglo-Scottish/Protestant union foundered on the divergent aspirations of the thousands of Scottish planters who settled in Ireland and the relationships formed with the Irish and English. Instead of submitting to English power, the Scots advanced their own position in large parts of Ireland, especially in Ulster. Many Scots preferred co-existence and/or co-operation with the Irish, as tenants, business associates, even marriage partners rather than helping the English subjugate them. This exposed the limits of English power in Ireland just as the Anglo-Scottish union was coming asunder precipitating the wider British civil wars.

Keywords:   Irish history, Scottish history, British history, Early Modern History, Atlantic World History, Three Kingdoms History, Ulster Plantation, Colonialism and colonisation

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