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A Maritime History of Scotland, 1650-1790
Eric J Graham

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Subject: Maritime History
Royal Octavo
Illustrated: 100 illus.
300 pages
ISBN: 1 86232 100 0
hardback £25

This book traces the development of the Scottish marine and its institutions during a highly turbulent and formative period, when state intervention and warfare at sea in the pursuit of mercantilist goals largely determined, intentionally and otherwise, the course of events. It charts Scotland’s frustrated attempts to join England in the Atlantic economy and so secure her prosperity – an often bitter relationship that culminated in the Darien Disaster. In the years that followed, maritime affairs were at the very heart of the schism that propelled the move to embrace the full incorporating Act of 1707. After 1707 Scottish maritime aspirations flourished under the protection of the British Navigation Acts and the windfalls of endemic warfare at sea.

Author: Eric Graham is a Researcher in the Department of History at the University of Dundee and with Lloyds Shipping Register.