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CROWN SERVANTS

Series Three: The Lauderdale Papers, c.1647-1682, from the British Library, London

"He was a very cunning fellow". Samuel Pepys.

This third series of Crown Servants comprises the Papers of John Maitland, second Earl and first Duke of Lauderdale (1616-1682). He was a leading Covenanter, a Scottish Commissioner during the 1640s and 1650s, and Secretary of State to Charles II.  The papers are an excellent source for:

  • Religion and Politics in Britain, c1647-1682, especially Presbyteriansim;
  • The Scottish dimension of the Civil War;
  • The flight of the King;
  • The Scottish invasion of England, 1648;
  • Imprisonment in the Tower under Cromwell;
  • The Royal Court in exile;
  • Political intrigues during the Restoration;
  • Actions of the Cabal Ministry, 1667-1673;
  • Patronage of the arts post 1660.

 



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