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4 The Restoration Settlement in the Highlands

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This chapter attempts to reconstruct the ways in which the transition from republican back to monarchical government impacted upon the Highlands. It begins with a general narrative review which, in teasing out the main issues preoccupying historians, provides a framework for what follows. The chapter analyses the Highland response to the re-emergence of the monarchy. It explores the attempts of the new regime to reward those who had upheld its corner over the previous years, and conversely, to punish its erstwhile enemies. Historians dealing with the Restoration settlements on a national (or even international) scale have reached a broad consensus based upon a number of premises. The Stuarts' northern kingdom therefore experienced the process at one remove, and the Highlands even more distantly than that. Support for Charles II seems to have been largely ubiquitous, but so too was caution and self-interest.

Keywords: Charles II; monarchy; Restoration regime; Restoration settlements; Scottish highlands; Stuarts' northern kingdom



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