All for Union, Empire and Homeland: The Labours of “Honest John” Drummond of Quarrel, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

All for Union, Empire and Homeland

The Labours of “Honest John” Drummond of Quarrel, 1st Edition

By George McGilvary


280 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book uses original resources to uncover the valuable help given to Britain’s leaders and her elite by the Scot, John Drummond of Quarrel. It reveals why he proved indispensable as a special consultant and counsellor to statesmen, nobles and businessmen, shows his devotion to the 1707 Union, and how he fed expansion of Britain’s Empire while spying on her enemies. His professionalism, learned from the renascent culture of his beloved Scotland, benefitted commercial society in Britain and Holland. The volume argues that his contribution to a momentous, much discussed era was extraordinary, and his activities boosted exchange of global knowledge, to the particular benefit of Scotland.

Table of Contents


1. A Rare Talent and Emerging Elite, 1675–1714

2. Brydges and Patronage, 1705–1714

3. Quality, Efficiency and Worth on Show, 1700–1714

4. Setbacks and Attainments Intertwined, 1709–1714

5. All Change: New Location, Persuasion and Focus, 1714–1722

6. Friendships, Fortune Hunting and Diasporas, 1714–1742

7. The East India Company and the Patronage System, 1717–1742

8. Parliament, Property, Protégés and Jacobites, 1700–1742

9. Favours and Networks, 1714–1742

10. Final Flourish and Reckoning, 1675–1742

About the Author

George McGilvary, now retired, was born in Edinburgh and graduated from Edinburgh University, where he is now an Honorary Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Scottish Centre of Diaspora Studies. He is the author of two major books and several articles relating to the English East India Company.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / General
HISTORY / Social History