Jacobitism and the British Atlantic world in the age of Anne

Parrish, David (2013) Jacobitism and the British Atlantic world in the age of Anne. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis demonstrates the existence and significance of Jacobitism in the British Atlantic World, c. 1688-1727. Throughout the period under investigation, colonists were increasingly integrated into Britain’s partisan politics, religious controversies, and vibrant public sphere. This integrative process encouraged colonists to actively participate in British controversies. Moreover, this integration was complex and multi-faceted and included elements of a Tory political culture in addition to their Whig counterparts. During this period, colonists increasingly identified themselves and others according to British political and religious terminology. This was both caused and encouraged by imperial appointments, clerical appointments/SPG activity, and an increased consumption of British political news and commentary. All three informed and shaped colonists’ views regarding Jacobitism.

In light of these developments, this thesis examines in three case studies colonial manifestations of Jacobitism within a larger British Atlantic context. Taking into account the voluminous recent research on Jacobitism, this examination reveals that there was an identifiable transatlantic Jacobite subculture. This subculture is recognizable by its associations with elements of British culture inextricably linked to Jacobitism: nonjuring, Scottish Episcopalianism, high church Anglicanism, and – increasingly after 1710 – Toryism. These associations were demonstrated by overt expressions of Jacobitism, such as seditious words and celebrations of Jacobite holidays. They are also illustrated by accusations of Jacobitism. This thesis seeks to incorporate Jacobitism into the burgeoning field of Atlantic History and demonstrate the significance of Jacobitism as an important element of a process of colonial Anglicization. This contribution to historical understandings of the Anglicization of the British Atlantic World seeks to encourage discussions between the disparate fields of British and colonial history.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Jacobitism, Atlantic World, British History, American Colonies, Public Sphere, Anglicization, British Atlantic
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
E History America > E11 America (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Supervisor's Name: Bowie, Dr. Karin and Pittock, Prof. Murray
Date of Award: 2013
Depositing User: Mr. David Parrish
Unique ID: glathesis:2013-4697
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 08:27
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2014 12:38
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/4697

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