The Life and Times of John Maitland: Duke of Lauderdale (1616-1682)

The Life and Times of John Maitland: Duke of Lauderdale (1616-1682)

The Life and Times of John Maitland: Duke of Lauderdale (1616-1682)

The Life and Times of John Maitland: Duke of Lauderdale (1616-1682)

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The representatives of the first and the last letters of the historical "Cabal" have not yet found a place in biographical literature. Arlington, Buckingham, and Ashley have all had their "Lives" written, but Clifford and Lauderdale have so far not been yoked to the shafts. Of the quinary the last was certainly not the least, whether viewed in the light of political achievement, or judged by the possession of personal gifts. The following pages will probably show that the variety of Lauderdale's experiences as a man of affairs was not exceeded, if it was equalled, by that of any of his colleagues in the celebrated Council called the Cabal.

The late Bishop Dowden of Edinburgh, in his introduction to the Lauderdale correspondence (contained in Volume 15 of the Scottish History Society's Publications), says that the character of this "remarkable man is still sub judice at the bar of history," and that the "long prevailing" views concerning him "have beyond doubt been considerably modified in recent years." These alleged modifications have escaped my notice, but I am quite prepared to believe that the additional light which, of recent years, has been thrown upon the history of the seventeenth century, may have had the effect stated by Bishop Dowden.

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