The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of the Statutes of Iona, and the ability to use the statutes as a means of exploring and understanding the lifestyle and culture of the Scottish Gaelic clans in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The appearance in 1609 of the Statutes of Iona represents the first formal governmental attempt to curb the martial spirit of clanship in Scotland. It targeted specific practices and customs associated with Gaelic culture by proscribing bards and prohibiting the forcible exaction of hospitality by clan chiefs. In addition, these laws placed the imposition of maintaining a fixed dwelling and cultivating a farm upon clan chiefs and most importantly, of sending their eldest sons to be educated in the Lowlands in order to learn English and acquire southern manners.
In the end, the Statutes were not very effective in forcing the Highland chiefs to abide by their promises. However, as this study has illustrated, the Statutes of Iona though designed with the express purpose of undennining the institutions of Gaelic culture in Scotland, emerges as a powerful tool with which to explore both the development of clan society within the Gaidhealtachd and the continuity of its traditions.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||European history, History|
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