Servants' lives: Youth in Lowland Scotland, 1560-1650

Nugent, Janay Barbara
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University of Guelph

This thesis is an investigation of service in the Scottish Lowlands after the 1560 Reformation. A systematic evaluation of printed kirk session records supplemented by presbytery and synod records provide the data for this study. The reality of service is explored through an examination of the everyday relationships of servants. These include relationships with their family of origin, the household they served in, their peers, and the kirk. Servants did not conform to the ideals which elites tried to impose on them, rather they chose to challenge authority through conflict to try to shape their reality. Through this struggle the nature of youth, the circumstances which surrounded servanthood, and how these servants interacted with the society in which they existed are examined.

Scottish Lowlands, servants, youth, kirk session records