State Trials, Whig Lawyers and the Press in Early Nineteenth-Century Scotland

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Abstract

A series of high-profile trials during an important period of radical insurgency in Scotland (1816–1820) has received little historical attention. These trials have been overshadowed by both the more celebrated confrontations of the 1790s in Scotland and by the radical self-defences in English courts after 1816. This essay argues that, because they have seemed less useful as lenses onto radical culture and language, the later Scottish trials have been unduly neglected. The essay explores alternate uses, employing the trials as windows onto Whig politics and as moments that highlight important issues surrounding the relationship between state trials and the press.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical Trials in an Age of Revolutions: Britain and the North Atlantic, 1793-1848
EditorsMichael T. Davis, Emma Macleod, Gordon Pentland
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages213-236
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783313998954
ISBN (Print)9783319989587
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePalgrave Histories of Policing Punishment and Justice
PublisherPalgrave McMillan

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