By Michael Michie

An Enlightenment Tory in Victorian Scotland is a political and highbrow biography of Sir Archibald Alison (1792-1867), historian, social critic, felony legal professional, and sheriff of Lanarkshire. the 1st writer to envision the total diversity of Alison's writings and actions, Michael Michie unearths an important hyperlink among the Scottish Enlightenment and Victorian conservatism. Michie argues that Alison's conservative rules have been deeply encouraged via the social and political considered the Scottish Enlightenment. He contends that Alison used to be the embodiment of the excessive Tory appropriation of the legacy of Adam Smith fairly obvious within the trust that advertisement agrarian capitalist society was once the main acceptable shape for either the upkeep of order and the perform of advantage. constructing the advice conservative interpretation of the enlightened legacy was once attainable for the succeeding century, Michie's learn deals an invaluable corrective to the bought knowledge that Victorian Liberalism was once the real inheritor of the Scottish Enlightenment.

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See also Sher, Church and University, 315-16. 67. Alison, Some Account, i: 127. See also Phillipson, Scottish Whigs, chap. i. 68. Alison's judgement, rendered of course after thirty or so years as a devout Tory, was that this Whig "coterie" had produced nothing more celebrated than Francis Jeffrey's collected essays: well crafted but over-rated. Moreover, he thought that their influence wa based not on the originality of their views but on their propagation of others' ideas: in 34 An Enlightenment Tory in Victorian Scotland account accords, in its general outline, with Nicholas Phillipson's assessment of law and politics in the early years of the century.

Harvie, referring mainly to the second half of the nineteenth century, suggests that "Scottish secondary and higher education didn't always reach its own high claims, but it was, in terms of access and relevance, much superior to the non-system south of the border": Scotland and Nationalism, 47-8. 51. William Alison would have taken courses from the following list: anatomy and surgery, chemistry, medical practice (the three most well-attended courses), medical theory, clinical lectures, midwifery, Materia medica, and botany.

Reid, Edmund Burke, 84. 2 "Laborious Lawyer79 In his study of church and university in the Scottish Enlightenment, Richard Sher notes the rise of "a new breed of literary lawyers" in the early years of the nineteenth century. " The term "class" in its modern sense did not become common until the early nineteenth century, however. Until then, social differentiation and stratification were indicated by the use of "rank," "order," "estate," "degree," or "sort" (or, in a transitional usage, the plural "classes").

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