An Enlightenment Tory in Victorian Scotland: The Career of by Michael Michie

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An Enlightenment Tory in Victorian Scotland is a political and highbrow biography of Sir Archibald Alison (1792-1867), historian, social critic, legal attorney, and sheriff of Lanarkshire. the 1st writer to check the entire diversity of Alison's writings and actions, Michael Michie finds an important hyperlink among the Scottish Enlightenment and Victorian conservatism. Michie argues that Alison's conservative rules have been deeply encouraged by means of the social and political considered the Scottish Enlightenment. He contends that Alison was once the embodiment of the excessive Tory appropriation of the legacy of Adam Smith relatively 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 recommendation conservative interpretation of the enlightened legacy used to be attainable for the succeeding century, Michie's research deals an invaluable corrective to the bought knowledge that Victorian Liberalism used to be the genuine inheritor of the Scottish Enlightenment.

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He was thereafter entitled to plead cases before Scotland's principal courts and could directly go about building up his own legal practice; no biding time until an established position became available was necessary ... however, ... 13 10. Emerson, "Scottish Universities," 456-7. 11. " 12. Emerson, "Scottish Universities," 456. 13. Camic, Experience and Enlightenment, 200, 201. See also Emerson, "Scottish Universities," 457. Phillipson ("Faculty of Advocates," 156) notes that the "heirs of the elite of men "Laborious Lawyer" 41 Archibald Alison's career decision and its consequences fitted fairly closely the pattern Camic describes.

50 While Alison described himself as part of "the middle class who have their fortune to make," his admiration for "finish and grace" was clear. It is probable that he considered himself to have acquired the latter qualities through his education at home and his exposure to polite society. Less is known about the intellectual development of Archibald's brother. D. 51 His choice of profession may have been influenced by contact with his uncle, James Gregory, professor of the practice of medecine at Edinburgh from 1790.

14. Alison, Some Account, i: 40. 15. Duman, English and Colonial Bars, 93-4, 112. Some Scottish evidence exists. Archibald Russell advised John Hill Burton, then practising in an advocate's office in Aberdeen, to "think twice before you speak of practicing in Edinburgh as an advocate. " Russell to Burton, 18 February 1830, NLS, 9391, ff. 39-40. 16. Duman is quoting Thomas Talfourd, a well-known legal authority and member of parliament: English and Colonial Bars, 90-1. H. Mackenzie, son of the author of The Man of Feeling, Henry Mackenzie.

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