By David Turnock
This is often the 1st e-book to take a accomplished view of the old geography of Scotland because the Union. The interval is split into sections separated via the Napoleonic Wars and the 1st international battle, and every part bargains a common view by means of distinctive experiences giving a balanced insurance of neighborhood and urban-rural standards, and the commercial infrastructure. The e-book encompasses a variety of unique researches and Dr Turnock makes an attempt to set the Scottish adventure in a framework of common principles on modernisation.
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Extra resources for The Historical Geography of Scotland since 1707: Geographical Aspects of Modernisation
The availability of the Irish market for Ayrshire coal prompted Sir Robert Cunningham to sink the first real coal pit in Scotland at Stevenston in the 1690s, with a Newcomen engine eventually installed for pumping, and build an associated harbour nearby at Saltcoats. 46 After first cooperating with local rivals (Renfrew and Rutherglen) in unsuccessful attempts to improve the river for shipping, seeking to remove the sands and ford of Dumbuck in the mid sixteenth century, Glasgow gradually acquired the resources to proceed alone.
No doubt events in Ireland formed a precedent. In Lochaber, Argyll appears to have transferred Cameron families from the Great Glen over to Ardnamurchan and Morvern where the Maclan leadership was eliminated. But much more substantial was the plan to settle the Fife Adventurers in Lewis in the period 1598-1609. Their efforts ended ignominiously for no viable bridgehead could be established in the Hebrides, while the local people were naturally disposed to harass the intruders. Eventually the containing role of native leaders was recognised and Lewis, for example, was granted to MacKenzie of Kintail who was considered strong enough to hold the island and prevent lawlessness.
In view of the scathing comments made by propagandists for the new 'improved' agriculture of the eighteenth century there has been a tendency to assume that backward conditions must previously have prevailed: a package of new measures belatedly made revolutionary changes in a countryside where traditional practices had become increasingly archaic. It may be true that the rural areas did not experience any infusion of vigorous capitalistic industrial enterprise until the eighteenth century but that does not rule out any form of innovation to the point where evolution rather than revolution might become the more realistic perspective.