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Aberdeen

Aberdeen  

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A royal burgh (1178) with two universities by 1600, became a significant port and developed a range of industries after 1750, including linen, cotton and woollens, shipbuilding and engineering, ...
Acts of Union

Acts of Union  

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Laws that cemented the political union of Great Britain and Ireland. Following the complete subjugation of Wales by 1284, the Statute of Rhuddlan, never submitted to a formal Parliament, sanctioned ...
adherents

adherents  

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In the Church of Scotland, baptized persons who, although non-communicants, are intimately connected with the congregation.
advowson

advowson  

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In ecclesiastical law, the right to recommend a member of the Anglican clergy for a vacant benefice, or to make such an appointment. The word is recorded from Middle English, in the sense ‘patronage ...
Ailred of Rievaulx

Ailred of Rievaulx  

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(1110–67),known as the ‘St Bernard of the North’, was the leading figure in the Cistercian order in England in the mid‐12th cent. The son of a priest of Hexham (Northd.), he entered the abbey of ...
Alan Riach

Alan Riach  

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(1957– ),was born in Lanarkshire in Scotland, and has devoted his writing life to making the literature of his homeland more widely known. He took a BA at Cambridge University ...
Albany

Albany  

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An ancient name for the northern part of Scotland, which from the Middle Ages was a royal title.In London, Albany is the name of an exclusive block of flats in Piccadilly. Built in 1770 on the site ...
Albion

Albion  

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A poetic or literary term for Britain or England (often used in referring to ancient or historical times). Recorded in Old English, the word comes from Latin and is probably of Celtic origin; ...
Alec Douglas-Home, Lord Home

Alec Douglas-Home, Lord Home  

(1903–95).Prime minister. Douglas‐Home succeeded to the earldom in 1951 but relinquished it in 1963 to re‐enter the Commons as prime minister, in succession to Harold Macmillan. In 1974 he returned ...
Alexander Duff

Alexander Duff  

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(1806–78),Scottish Presbyterian missionary. The first missionary of the Established Church of Scotland to India, he arrived at Calcutta in 1830, after twice being shipwrecked. At once he opened a ...
Anacletus II

Anacletus II  

(antipope 14 Feb. 1130–25Jan. 1138)On the death of Honorius II (13 Feb. 1130), while a minority of cardinals led by the chancellor Aimeric rushed through the clandestine election of Innocent II, the ...
Aneirin

Aneirin  

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The name given to a 13th‐cent. manuscript which contains the poem Y Gododdin, attributed to the bard Aneirin (or, incorrectly, Aneurin) who lived in the second half of the 6th cent. The poem ...
annates

annates  

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The first year's revenue of an ecclesiastical benefice, paid to the Papal curia. In England payment was transferred to the Crown in 1535. It was assigned to ‘Queen Anne's Bounty’ in 1704 and ...
art, Pictish

art, Pictish  

Art created by the inhabitants of northern Scotland in the MA. It consists of incised stones, cross slabs, monuments, and metalwork and is characterized by its use of zoomorphic and ...
Articles of Perth

Articles of Perth  

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Five articles on such subjects as kneeling at Communion which were forced on the Church in Scotland by James V at Perth in 1618. In 1621 they were carried through the Scottish Parliament.
Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge  

A novel by Dickens published in 1841 as part of Master Humphrey's Clock. The earlier of Dickens's two historical novels, it is set at the period of the Gordon anti‐popery riots of 1780, and Lord ...
Battle of Culloden

Battle of Culloden  

(16 April 1746)A battle, fought on a bleak moor in Scotland to the east of Inverness, in which the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart, largely drawn from the Highland clans, were routed during ...
beadle

beadle  

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In the Church of Scotland an official appointed by the session to care for the place of worship and to perform other similar functions.
Book of Common Order

Book of Common Order  

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1 The directory of worship drawn up by J. Knox in 1556 for the English Protestant congregation in Geneva. Appointed for use in Scotland by the General Assembly in 1562, it was replaced by the ...
Book of Deer

Book of Deer  

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A 9th-century illuminated gospel book produced at the Celtic monastery of Deer in Buchan. Although written in Latin, the MS is most famous for the Gaelic notes and comments added ...

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