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Author: LINDSAY (COLIN), THIRD EARL OF BALCARRES:
Title: An Account of the Affairs of Scotland, Relating to the Revolution in 1688. As sent to the Late King James II. when in France. By the Right Honourable the Earl of B------ Never before Printed.
Description: London: Printed for J. Baker..., 1714. FIRST EDITION. Small 8vo (in 4s), 172 x 106 mms., pp. [ii], vi 5 - 150 [151 - 152 adverts]. BOUND WITH: A Key to the Account, &c. London, Printed for J. Moor; and Sold by the Booksellers [no date; 1714]. 2 volumes in 1, bound in later 18th century straight grain crimson roan, rebacked in red calf, spine blocked in gilt; ex-library with stamp in blind of "Wigan Public Library" on both title-pages The Jacobite sympathizer Colin Lindsay, Third Earl of Balcarres (1652 - 1721) was intimately involved in the machinations of 1688 to prevent the Catholic James II from being deposed. Ultimately unsuccessful, he spent some time in prison in Edinburgh. He composed the material in the present volume for the benefit of James II, and, as Paul Hopkins in ODNB observes, "He may have sent him a version in late 1690, but did not, as generally supposed, carry it to his court at St Germain; after considering the possibility he remained in Scotland. Halting his narrative at that point avoided the admission that Sir John Dalrymple thereafter successfully tempted Balcarres's pre-1688 colleagues towards taking office under William. Balcarres, the most scrupulous, took part, reporting on Scottish affairs to William in December 1690, only because he needed a pardon after the Montgomery plot (granted on 22 December), and because Dalrymple had secretly assured him that he was bringing the episcopalians into office merely to restore James. Na´vely Balcarres communicated this story not only to James but to his stepbrother Argyll, hoping to win him over; Argyll instead informed the government, endangering Dalrymple's negotiations." The Key was published separately, and both works were often copied out and circulated in manuscript.
Keywords: Jacobites Scotland prose Scottish
Price: GBP 825.00 = appr. US$ 1178.09 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
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