State Trials, Whig Lawyers and the Press in Early Nineteenth-Century Scotland

  • Gordon Pentland
Part of the Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice book series (PHPPJ)


A series of high-profile trials during an important period of radical insurgency in Scotland (1816–1820) has received little historical attention. These trials have been overshadowed by both the more celebrated confrontations of the 1790s in Scotland and by the radical self-defences in English courts after 1816. This essay argues that, because they have seemed less useful as lenses onto radical culture and language, the later Scottish trials have been unduly neglected. The essay explores alternate uses, employing the trials as windows onto Whig politics and as moments that highlight important issues surrounding the relationship between state trials and the press.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of History, Classics and ArchaeologyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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