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Remembering and forgetting the Scottish Highlands: Sir James Mackintosh and the forging of a British imperial identity

Gust, Onni

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Onni Gust onni.gust@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This article explores the formation of British imperial identity through a focus on the career of Sir James Mackintosh (1765–1832), a well-known Whig intellectual and imperial careerist who originally hailed from the Highlands of Scotland. Using Mackintosh's unpublished letters and autobiography, the article shows how he imagined and narrated his relationship to the Scottish Highlands from the vantage points of Bombay and London. In contrast to recent historiography that has focused on the translation of Scottish society, culture, and identity in British imperial spaces, this article argues that disidentification from the Highlands of Scotland and the erasure of different peoples, cultures, and textures of life was integral to Mackintosh's configuration of a British imperial identity.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2013
Journal Journal of British Studies
Print ISSN 0021-9371
Electronic ISSN 1545-6986
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Gust, O. (2013). Remembering and forgetting the Scottish Highlands: Sir James Mackintosh and the forging of a British imperial identity. Journal of British Studies, 52(3), doi:10.1017/jbr.2013.114
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2013.114
Keywords Highland Scotland; British Empire; Imperial networks; Britishness; Gender; Identity; Belonging
Publisher URL http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8956687&fileId=S0021937113001147
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Copyright North American Conference on British Studies 2013.

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