I became co-editor of this book under very sad circumstances. On 6 January 1996 John Philipps Kenyon died suddenly after a short illness. While John commissioned the essays for this volume and read two of them, his untimely death denied him the opportunity to edit them. Since I had known John as a student (he was my Head of Department while I was an undergraduate at St Andrews University), as a mentor and increasingly as a friend, I felt especially honoured when Oxford University Press invited me to complete the task.
However, this book would never have been finished without the help and support of many people. I would like to thank the editorial staff at Oxford University Press -- especially Michael Cox, Alysoun Owen, Alison Jones, and Rowena Anketell -- and John's widow, Angela, for their co-operation and commitment to this project. I owe a special debt of gratitude to my fellow contributors, especially Edward Furgol who answered seemingly endless queries about seventeenthcentury Scotland; to Geoffrey Parker and Ian Gentles, who read the manuscript and made many helpful suggestions for improvement; and to John Morrill, who served as an exemplary general editor and kindly agreed to write the Introduction and Postlude. I would also like to thank my colleague Frederick Pedersen for answering my computer queries; the secretaries in the History Department at the University of Aberdeen, especially Sandra Williams; and the staff of Glucksman Ireland House at NewYork University -- Bernie Burke, Pat King, Eliza O'Grady, and Bob Scally -- for their hospitality and tolerance as I finalized this volume. As always I greatly appreciate the continued support of my family, Shirley Ohlmeyer, Alex Green, Dagmar Heyer, and my sons Jamie and Richard. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the enormous debt which I owe to John Kenyon. This volume is dedicated to his memory. J.O.
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