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This is the conclusory chapter of the book titled The Terror of the Seas?, which provides detailed and clear analysis of the Scots involvement in naval warfare during the early modern period. The fallibility of an arrangement which placed the control of the Scottish navy, privateers or convoy escorts in the hands of a single and hereditary Lord High Admiral has been exposed beyond contention. Moreover, the significant Scottish contribution to the Anglo-Dutch wars quite clearly reveals that even when Scotland had no naval formation of her own, the nation could still very successfully prosecute warfare at sea, partly through the protection of allies and effectively through privateering. The English Parliament, was also gifted a significant degree of control of Scottish waters during the period of the Solemn League and Covenant (1643-1647) and was the leading power in the Commonwealth and Protectorate in the 1650s.

Keywords: Anglo-Dutch wars; Scottish navy; Solemn league

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