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The Claim of Right is an Act passed by the Parliament of Scotland
Parliament of Scotland
in April 1689. It is one of the key documents of Scottish constitutional law.

Claim of Right Act 1689

Parliament of Scotland

Long title The Declaration of the Estates of the Kingdom of Scotland
Kingdom of Scotland
containing the Claim of Right and the offer of the Croune to the King and Queen of England.

Citation 1689 c. 28

Territorial extent Kingdom of Scotland

Status: Current legislation

Text of statute as originally enacted

Revised text of statute as amended

Contents

1 Background 2 Process 3 References 4 External links

Background[edit] In the Glorious Revolution, William of Orange landed with his army in England
England
on 5 November 1688. King James VII of Scotland, who was also King of England
England
and Ireland
Ireland
as James II, attempted to resist the invasion. He then sent representatives to negotiate, and he finally fled England
England
on 23 December 1688. Whilst the Convention Parliament in England
England
declared that James, as King of England, had abdicated the Government, and issued an English Bill of Rights on 13 February 1689 offering the Crown of England
England
to William and Mary, the Scots found themselves facing a more difficult constitutional problem. As James had not been present in Scotland during the crisis and had not fled from Scottish territory in December, it would be highly dubious to claim that he had 'abdicated' the Scottish throne. Process[edit] Therefore, a Convention of the Scottish Estates met to consider letters received on 16 March 1689 from the two contenders for the Crown. On 4 April they voted to remove James VII from office, drawing on George Buchanan's argument on the contractual nature of monarchy.[1] Later that month, the Convention adopted the Claim of Right and the Article of Grievances, enumerating what they saw as the contemporary requirements of Scottish constitutional law. It also declared that, because of his actions in violation of these laws, James had forfeited the Scottish throne.[2] The effect of the Claim of Right was to "bolster the position of parliament within the Scottish constitution at the expense of the royal prerogative".[3] The Convention proceeded to offer the crown on the basis of these documents to William and Mary, who accepted it on 11 May 1689, and were proclaimed King and Queen of the Scots as William II and Mary II, though with subsequent controversy over whether the Claim of Right articles against Episcopacy were fully accepted by the new monarchy.[1] References[edit]

^ a b Lynch, Michael (1992). Scotland: A New History. Pimlico. p. 302. ISBN 0-7126-9893-0.  ^ Wikisource:Claim of Right ^ Harris, Tim Revolution: The Great Crisis of the British Monarchy 1685-1720 Allen Lane (2006) pp401-402

External links[edit]

Text of the Claim of Right Act 1689
Claim of Right Act 1689
as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk

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