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Lucy Worsely on The Jacobites & the Scottish Enlightenment


Lucy Worsely on The Jacobites & the Scottish Enlightenment

A segment on the Jacobites and the scottish enlightenment that blossomed in the face of Hanoverian oppression.

Adam Smith and the Scottish Enlightenment

Adam Smith and his contemporaries were key figures of the Scottish enlightenment. How much of his real thought survives in modern economics, and has something important been lost?

Lucy Worsley The Great History Quiz

The Great History Quiz: The Tudors The Great History Quiz: The Tudors Hosted by Kirsty Young, The Great History Quiz delves into one of the most remarkable .

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Jacobite secret symbols and their secret drinking toast

Would you like to know the secret Jacobite drinking toast for your next visit to a Scottish pub? Students from Scotland Study Centre, English Language School and Academic and Culture Training Centre, Edinburgh, recently went on a study tour to Traquair House and learned all about the Jacobites and their secret Jacobite symbolism, including the secret Jacobite drinking toast. the video gives you some background on the Jacobites that explains they needed secret symbols.

The True Story of How the Scots Invented the Modern World & Everything In It (2002)

The Scottish Enlightenment (Scots: Scots Enlichtenment, Scottish Gaelic: Soillseachadh na h-Alba) was the period in 18th and early 19th century Scotland characterised by an outpouring of intellectual and scientific accomplishments. By the eighteenth century, Scotland had a network of parish schools in the Lowlands and four universities. The Enlightenment culture was based on close readings of new books, and intense discussions took place daily at such intellectual gathering places in Edinburgh as The Select Society and, later, The Poker Club as well as within Scotland's ancient universities (St Andrews, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen).

Sharing the humanist and rationalist outlook of the European Enlightenment of the same time period, the thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment asserted the importance of human reason combined with a rejection of any authority that could not be justified by reason. In Scotland, the Enlightenment was characterised by a thoroughgoing empiricism and practicality where the chief values were improvement, virtue, and practical benefit for the individual and society as a whole.

Among the fields that rapidly advanced were philosophy, political economy, engineering, architecture, medicine, geology, archaeology, law, agriculture, chemistry and sociology. Among the Scottish thinkers and scientists of the period were Francis Hutcheson, David Hume, Adam Smith, Dugald Stewart, Thomas Reid, Robert Burns, Adam Ferguson, John Playfair, Joseph Black and James Hutton.

The Scottish Enlightenment had effects far beyond Scotland, not only because of the esteem in which Scottish achievements were held outside Scotland, but also because its ideas and attitudes were carried all over Europe and across the Atlantic world as part of the Scottish diaspora, and by European and American students who studied in Scotland.

The Scottish dramatist Robert McLellan (1907-1985) wrote a number of full-length stage comedies which give a self-conscious representation of Edinburgh at the height of the Scottish enlightenment, most notably The Flouers o Edinburgh (1957). These plays include references to many of the figures historically associated with the movement and satirise various social tensions, particularly in the field of spoken language, between traditional society and anglicised Scots who presented themselves as exponents of so-called 'new manners'. Other later examples include Young Auchinleck (1962), a stage portrait of the young James Boswell, and The Hypocrite (1967) which draws attention to conservative religious reaction in the country that threatened to check enlightenment trends. McLellan's picture of these tensions in national terms is complex, even-handed and multi-faceted.


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The Enlightenment in Scotland (In Our Time)

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century. In 1696 the Edinburgh student, Thomas Aitkenhead, claimed theology was a rhapsody of feigned and ill invented nonsense. He was hanged for his trouble - just one victim of a repressive religious society called the Scottish Kirk. Yet within 60 years Scotland was transformed by the ideas sweeping the continent in what we call the Enlightenment. This Scottish Enlightenment emerged on a broad front. From philosophy to farming it championed empiricism, questioned religion and debated reason. It was crowned by the philosophical brilliance of David Hume and by Adam Smith – the father of modern economics. But what led to this ‘Scottish Miracle’, was it an indigenous phenomenon or did it depend on influence from abroad? It profoundly influenced the American revolutionaries and the British Empire, but what legacy does it have for Scotland today?With Professor Tom Devine, Director of the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen; Karen O’Brien, Reader in English and American Literature at the University of Warwick; Alexander Broadie, Professor of Logic and Rhetoric at the University of Glasgow.

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History Scotland Lecture 1: Who were the Jacobites and what did they want for Scotland?

Professor Murray Pittock and Professor Chris Whatley
Apex Hotel, Dundee, 24 April 2018

Established in April 2018 by the University of Dundee's Centre for Scottish Culture in collaboration with History Scotland, the world’s leading Scottish history magazine, the History Scotland Lectures are held twice yearly. They are hosted both in Dundee itself and in locations around the country. Free and open to all, the Lectures offer members of the public an opportunity to hear from leading academics and to engage with cutting-edge thinking about Scottish History.

NB: During the Q&A, it was implied that the 1701 Act of Succession was repealed by David Cameron’s government. This is incorrect; all that has changed is that British monarchs can now marry a Catholic.

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Moments in Time: The Scottish Enlightenment

Moments in Time, part of Edinburgh Science Festival, was a family-friendly outdoor exhibition celebrating the 2017 Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Our installation of four iconic Scottish police, each featuring an animation by Glasgow-based visual artist and maker Fergus Dunnet, shone a spotlight on Scotland’s rich scientific tradition, which has given rise to many discoveries that have changed the world.

From the Age of Enlightenment through to the Industrial Revolution and the Information Age of today these snapshots of times past and present explored the ideas, discoveries, innovations and inventions that have shaped the modern world and revealed some fascinating stories of the men and women who made them happen.

Animation by Fergus Dunnet

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The US is a Scottish Enlightenment—and Smithian--Nation

When faced with the challenges of how to create and structure a new nation, the Founders turned to the Enlightenment—and Adam Smith--for guidance.

In America, the founders—especially Jefferson and Adams--read and admired Adam Smith, and it influenced the open market that they created. A study of American libraries in the revolutionary period found that the holdings of Wealth of Nations was more frequent than similar works by Locke and Rousseau.

The Founders were dealing with things like how to structure a government, an economy, the banking system, the church and the military. Smith had a lot to say on all these points. So how does the United States follow Smith’s principles? To find out we got to the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C.

In The Wealth of Nations the founders had a groundbreaking book in how to run an economy--and a fine general book on politics. It’s not surprising that the founders would look over to the best work in the Enlightenment, not just to Smith, but to the other great social scientists of the day and be particularly interested in them.

We explore how Smith fits extremely well with the vision of the founders, and indeed of the vision of most Americans from that time until our own. We discover that the Constitution is an attempt to implement and integrate into a governmental plan some of the ideas Smith had about what could allow for a prosperous society.

The Jacobite Rebellion (In Our Time)

Melvyn Bragg and guests discusses the Jacobite Rebellion. In the summer of 1745, a young man in a small French frigate landed on the West Coast of Scotland. It was Bonnie Prince Charlie who began his campaign to become king of Scotland and England. He had seven followers amongst his shipmates and took to the Highlands to raise an army from the Scottish clans: “The Highland clans with sword in hand Frae John o Groats tae AirlieHae tae a man declared to standOr fa wi Royal Charlie”.Or so the old Jacobite song goes. But why was the latest scion of the Stuart dynasty such a favourite with the Scottish Highlanders? And did Bonnie Prince Charlie ever have a real chance of gaining the throne of England? With Murray Pittock, Professor of English Literature at the University of Strathclyde; Stana Nenadic, Senior Lecturer in Social History at Edinburgh University; Allan Macinnes, Burnett-Fletcher Professor of History at Aberdeen University.



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