This article examines aspects of Highland or Gaelic Society in the decades immediately preceeding and following the Union of the Crowns of England with Scotland in 1603. It examines crown and crown-sanctioned commercial and colonial initiatives in the Highlands both before and after the union and how this impinged on patterns of feud and violence in the area. Many (but not all) of the inhabitants of the Highlands and Islands were deemed barbarous, uncivil, and fit for expropriation and colonisation. This essay focuses on how people in various localities in the Highlands, often regarded as a militarised society, reacted to and identified with the Scottish state and with the new British state after 1603.
|Title of host publication||Fighting for Identity|
|Subtitle of host publication||Scottish Military Experience, c. 1550-1900|
|Editors||Steve Murdoch, Andrew MacKillop|
|Place of Publication||Leiden|
|Number of pages||30|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
|Name||History of Warfare|
- Scottish history
Maccoinnich, A. (2002). His spirit was given only to warre: Conflict and Identity in the Scottish Gàidhealtachd, c. 1580- c. 1630. In S. Murdoch, & A. MacKillop (Eds.), Fighting for Identity: Scottish Military Experience, c. 1550-1900 (pp. 133-162). (History of Warfare; Vol. 15). Leiden.