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Adam Smith: Part XII

George Wade – an example of a loyal military man, wholly anti Catholic, particularly anti Jacobite. When Wade was commissioned the British monarch was Protestant Dutch William and Mary (of Orange).  You get a feel for the kind of military experience a … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part XI

When Adam Smith was 17, Britain was at war against Spain, ostensibly due to an old grievance of a Captain Robert Jenkins. His merchant ship was boarded by Spanish coast guards and Jenkins had his ear sliced off by one of … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part X

My current Historic Scotland magazine made me aware of the Medieval torture practices which extended into the 1700s. It made me think that we can always, as humans, raise our intellectual understanding but never seem to leave go of the … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part V

Friendships with well connected Scots must have helped the career of Adam Smith,  example here is Friendship Number 1: Buccleuch Dynasty Scots often visited Paris.  Adam Smith was no exception, but he could not have spent so long in France without … Continue reading

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Adam Smith (1723 – 1790)

I have used the timeline from the BBC Timeline of British history which provide a flavour of what was happening during the lifetime of Adam Smith.  His father (same name) was a Judge Advocate after qualifying as a solicitor (called Writers at … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part VI

Friendship with David Hume, friendship No.2 The Scottish Enlightenment was characterised by a thoroughgoing empiricism and practicality where the chief values were improvement, virtue, and practical benefit for the individual and society as a whole. David Hume (1711 -1776) best friend … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part VII

Friendship with James Oswald, friendship No.3 James Oswald (1715 – 24 March 1769) The Oswald’s were a highly successful family and their wealth seems to have had three sources: trade, farming and coal. They also distinguished themselves in a number … Continue reading

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