Originally published in 1987, this volume filled a notable gap in Scottish urban history and considers the place of Scottish towns in urban life during the 16th and 17th Centuries. The first part of the book is based on studies of individual burghs (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Perth) drawing extensively on archival material. The second part includes a discussion of the pressure put upon the burghs by the town between 1500 and 1650, a process which contributed to the destruction of the medieval burgh and examines the burgh during the Scottish Revolution. The impact of war and plague on Scottish towns in the 1640s is also analysed and much emphasis is given to the relationship between town and country.

chapter 1|35 pages

Introduction: Scottish Towns 1500-1700

ByMichael Lynch

chapter 2|19 pages

Merchants and Craftsmen in Sixteenth-Century Perth

ByMary Verschuur

chapter 3|26 pages

The Crown and the Burghs 1500-1625

ByMichael Lynch

chapter 5|23 pages

Burghs, Lords and Feuds in Jacobean Scotland

ByKeith M. Brown

chapter 8|25 pages

The Burghs and the Scottish Revolution

ByDavid Stevenson

chapter 9|27 pages

Edinburgh in Mid-Seventeenth Century

ByWalter Makey