Scottish Presbyterianism and Settler Colonial Politics

Empire of Dissent

  • Valerie Wallace

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
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  3. Journeys

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
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      Pages 59-80
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  4. Backlash

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 289-308

About this book


This book offers a new interpretation of political reform in the settler colonies of Britain’s empire in the early nineteenth century. It examines the influence of Scottish Presbyterian dissenting churches and their political values. It re-evaluates five notorious Scottish reformers and unpacks the Presbyterian foundation to their political ideas: Thomas Pringle (1789-1834), a poet in Cape Town; Thomas McCulloch (1776-1843), an educator in Pictou; John Dunmore Lang (1799-1878), a church minister in Sydney; William Lyon Mackenzie (1795-1861), a rebel in Toronto; and Samuel McDonald Martin (1805?-1848), a journalist in Auckland. The book weaves the five migrants’ stories together for the first time and demonstrates how the campaigns they led came to be intertwined. The book will appeal to historians of Scotland, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the British Empire and the Scottish diaspora.


Reform Thomas Pringle Thomas McCulloch John Dunmore Lang William Lyon Mackenzie Samuel McDonald Martin Dissenting churches Transcolonial exchange Mobility Secession Relief Free Church Covenanters Education Land Disestablishment

Authors and affiliations

  • Valerie Wallace
    • 1
  1. 1.School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International RelationsVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70466-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70467-8
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