Memoirs concerning the affairs of Scotland, from Queen Anne’s Accession to the Throne, to the commencement of the Union of the Two Kingdoms of Scotland and England, in May, 1707. The second edition.

  • [Lockhart, George]
  • London: Printed: and sold by J. Baker 1714
  • ESTC T39119.


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8vo, pp. xxx, 304, 321-420. Contemporary panelled calf. Some browning and foxing. Extremities rubbed and worn, rebacked, hinges relined, old repair to flyleaf. Small library stamp to corner of title-page and one other leaf.


Lockhart's scandalous account of Scottish politics between 1703 and 1708, published without his permission and to his detriment, went through several editions within the first year. 'Sir David Dalrymple of Hailes, a whig and long-standing political enemy, obtained a copy of Lockhart's draft Memoirs ... [and] published it. Lockhart's acerbic character sketches, sedition, and indiscretions in the Memoirs alienated friend and foe alike, and he was shunned by his former comrades throughout the election campaign which followed the death of Queen Anne, though he was ultimately never prosecuted because of the difficulty in proving a connection between the illicit copy on which the published version was based and his original text. Facing certain defeat at the poll in 1715, he withdrew at the last minute and thereafter devoted himself to estate management, memoir writing, and Jacobite conspiracy' (ODNB). To soften the indiscretions the names are replaced by dashes in the printed text. This second edition was the first to be properly issued with the appendix (it had been bound into remaining stocks of the first edition).

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