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John Scott, Lord Eldon, 1751–1838: The Duty of Loyalty

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ISBN13: 9780521623957
ISBN: 0521623952
Published: July 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £89.99



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John Scott, Lord Eldon (1751–1838) was a dominant figure in Georgian public life, and ranks among the most important Lord Chancellors in the long history of that office. This biography - the first for one hundred and fifty years - also surveys Eldon’s earlier career as an MP and Law Officer. As a lawyer entering Parliament, he encountered both prejudices against ‘learned gentlemen’ and opportunities for advancement. Once in office he swiftly made his presence felt, drafting the Regency bill of 1788, and conducting the government’s legal campaign against Republicanism. Retiring at last in 1827, Eldon spent his final years opposing political reform. Labelled by many as a relic of ‘Old Toryism’, Eldon’s views of government, politics, and the constitution represent an important strand in Georgian political thinking, and his career illuminates the work of the major legal offices of British government.

  • First modern biography of this man
  • Uses an extensive range of legal and political sources
  • Of interest to historians of Georgian life as much as to legal historians

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Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
Preface
1. A man of laws
2. An independent learned gentleman
3. A government retainer
4. Formal politics
5. Engagement
6. Setbacks
7. Resolution
8. Pater familias
9. Upright intentions
10. The king's man
11. The practice of patronage
12. Cut and thrust
13. A servant may serve two masters
14. Reform and revolution
15. The speaker speaks
16. Lord endless
17. Faithful defender
18. Twilight of the state
Bibliography: I. Manuscripts
II. Legal and parliamentary documents
III. Pamphlets
IV. Newspapers and periodicals
V. Biographies, memoirs, correspondence, diaries
VI. Secondary sources.

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