The Stewart Earls of Orkney

The Stewart Earls of Orkney

by Peter Anderson


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For almost a century the islands of Orkney and Shetland were under the rule of the Stewart earls, father and son, a rule remarkable for its infamous reputation in island history. Robert Stewart was an illegitimate son of James V, king of Scots, who seized power in Orkney in the 1560s and was created earl of Shetland in 1581. Robert's son was the extraordinary and ill-starred Earl Patrick, 'Black Patie', whose execution for treason in 1615 brought the era to a close. This book has its foundations in two previous books by Peter Anderson, one on each character.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904607465
Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peter Anderson Spent His Early Childhood In Orkney, He Graduated In Medieval History From The University Of St Andrews And Gained A Phd In Scottish Historical Studies From The University Of Edinburgh. Formerly Deputy Keeper At The National Archives Of Scotland, He Is Now Retired And Lives In Linlithgow.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Preface and Acknowledgments viii

Abbreviations xiii

Genealogical Tables xv

1 The Islands under the Pole 1

2 Of Undoubted Promise 23

3 A Princelie and Royall Revenew 46

4 Ane Pretendit Heritabill Infeftment 59

5 Terrable to All 73

6 But ane Simple Sheriff 90

7 Near about the King 114

8 Robert s Last Years 138

9 Ane Yoing Nobill Man of Good Expectation 153

10 Our Native Lord and Maistir 174

11 Craftie, Malicious and Invyous Personis 189

12 Proud and Heich Dissobedience 211

13 Ane Unhappie Man 230

14 Ower Feble a Capitane 246

15 Of your Speciall Causeing, Sending, Hounding out, Command, Counsell, Devyse and only Directioun 264

16 Jarris and Discontentmentis 281

Glossary 292

Bibliography 301

Index 312

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