In a contribution to the ongoing reassessment of the history of early modern state 'peripheries', I offer an interpretation of the strategies framed and adopted by different factions within an under-researched Hebridean kindred during a transformative period defined by the gradual extension of Crown authority. I analyse the different and surprisingly extensive geographical matrices within which the clan operated, ranging from the local micro-archipelago, through the regional Hebridean meso-archipelago, to the international macro-archipelago of the North-East Atlantic Group, as well as how opposing blocs within the kindred responded both to contingent events and to wider structural constraints and opportunities. As a spur for further research, the article offers a 'vernacular vantage-point', a perspective complementary to conventional government-focused approaches in the history of early modern state-building.
|Title of host publication||Castles and Galleys|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Reassessment of the Historic Galley-Castles of the Norse-Gaelic Seaways|
|Place of Publication||Laxay, Isle of Lewis|
|Publisher||Islands Book Trust|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- early modern history