Kinship and Clientage

Highland Clanship 1451-1609
Brill (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 23. März 2006
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 288 Seiten
978-90-04-15045-4 (ISBN)
All those interested in late medieval / early modern Scottish society, especially Highland history and with a particular interest in issues of kinship and clan organisation.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • laminiert
  • Höhe: 246 mm
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  • Breite: 163 mm
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  • Dicke: 25 mm
  • 685 gr
978-90-04-15045-4 (9789004150454)
9004150455 (9004150455)
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Alison Cathcart, Ph.D. (2001) in History, University of Aberdeen, is Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Strathclyde. She has published a number of articles on Highland society focusing primarily on the late medieval and early modern period.
List of illustrations
List of maps
List of abbreviations

Introduction - setting the scene
Historiographical introduction
Central and eastern Highlands
Origins of clans
Structure of clans
Chapter one - the Highlands in context
Perception of the Highlands: savagery & barbarism
Role of the crown
Chapter two - internal clientage
Role of the chief
Clan formation: fine & satellite kindreds
Fosterage & socio-economic manrent
Military cadres & caterans
Chapter three - external clientage
Bonds of political manrent
Bonds of friendship
Chapter four - land: property & possession
Tenurial superiority and customary claims
Economic considerations
'Inalienable possessions'
Chapter five - regional lordship in the central and eastern Highlands
Conflicting spheres of influence
Dominant influence of the Gordons earls of Huntly
1609 and its impact at local level
Chapter six - conclusion
List of chiefs
Family trees
Grants of Freuchy
Mackintoshes of Dunachton

This volume examines Highland society during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries highlighting the extent to which kinship and clientage were organising principles within clanship. Based on clans located in the central and eastern Highlands this study goes some way to addressing the imbalance in Highland historiography which hitherto has concentrated largely on the west Highlands and islands. Focusing initially on internal clan structure, the study broadens into an analysis of local politics within the context of regional and national affairs, raising questions regarding the importance of land and the nature of lordship as well as emphasising the need for Highland history to be integrated further into broader studies of Scottish society during this period.
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