Progress and Poverty: An Economic and Social History of Britain, 1700-1850

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the proprietors in the Lowlands adopted a more commercialized attitude. There was a revolution of manners, a turning away from fortified castles and large retinues, which were still common in the late seventeenth century, to elegant country houses such as Mellerstain and Hopetoun, designed by rising architects such as William Adam and his sons, with their delicate plasterwork, fine furniture, and works of art. Land was valued as a source of rent rather than to sustain a retinue, paying for a town house in the New Town of Edinburgh or London and maintaining a grand house in the country. The Scottish nobles and lairds were Anglicized, becoming part of a wider British upper class.

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Habakkuk's position has developed over his career in a series of articles: see Further Reading.
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