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The Attempted Scottish Coup Of 1596

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This chapter discusses the attempted coup d’état by the presbyterian movement in 1596. The 'uproar' that sparked off the Scottish Revolution, in Edinburgh on 23 July 1637, is one of the best-known events of Scottish history. In the years following the 'uproar', the date 17 December 1596 was never forgotten; Johnstone's mention of it stood in a continuous tradition. Historians have focused on the events of one day, 17 December, and have called it a 'riot'. The two decades before 1596 saw a struggle between presbyterians and episcopalians for control of the church; the latter, although initially backed by the crown, lost. Two peers, Lords Lindsay and Forbes, were prominent on the 17th. Lynch has argued for a discontinuity between 1596 and 1638 on the grounds that between these dates there lies a revived episcopate with many achievements to its credit in planting ministers, raising stipends and suppressing Catholics.

Keywords: coup d’état; Edinburgh; episcopalian; Lord Lindsay; Michael Lynch; presbyterian movement (1596); Scottish Revolution (1637)



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