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Robert Ferguson (c. 1637 — 1714) was a Scottish religious minister, conspirator and political pamphleteer, known as "the Plotter".

He was a son of William Ferguson (d. 1699) of Badifurrow, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and after receiving a good education, probably at the University of Aberdeen, became a Presbyterian (Church of Scotland) minister.

According to Bishop Burnet he was cast out by the Presbyterians, but whether this be so or not, he soon made his way to England and became vicar of Godmersham, Kent, from which living he was expelled by the Act of Uniformity 1662.

Some years later, having gained a reputation as a theological controversialist and become a person of importance among the Nonconformists, he attracted the notice of the Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury and the party which favoured the exclusion of the Duke of York from the throne, and he began to write political pamphlets just at the time when the feeling against the Roman Catholics was at its height. In 1680 he wrote "A Letter to a Person of Honour concerning the 'Black Box,'" in which he supported the claim of the Duke of Monmouth to the crown against that of the Duke of York. Returning to the subject after Charles II had solemnly denied the existence of a marriage between himself and Lucy Waters.

He took an active part in the controversy over the Exclusion Bill, and claimed to be the author of the whole of the pamphlet "No Protestant Plot" (1681), parts of which are usually ascribed to Shaftesbury. Ferguson was deeply implicated in the Rye House Plot, although he asserted that he had frustrated both this and a subsequent attempt to assassinate the king, and he fled to the Netherlands with Shaftesbury in 1682, returning to England early in 1683.

For his share in another plot against Charles II he was declared an outlaw, after which he entered into communication with Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, Monmouth and other malcontents. Ferguson then took a leading part in organizing the rising of 1685. Having overcome Monmouth's reluctance to take part in this movement, he accompanied the duke to the west of England and drew up the manifesto against James II, escaping to the Netherlands after the Battle of Sedgemoor. He landed in England with William III of Orange in 1688, and aided William's cause with his pen, but William and his advisers did not regard him as a person of importance, although his services were rewarded with a sinecure appointment in the Excise.

Chagrined at this treatment, Ferguson was soon in correspondence with the exiled Jacobites. He shared in all the plots against the life of William, and after his removal from the Excise in 1692 wrote violent pamphlets against the government. Although he was several times arrested on suspicion, he was never brought to trial. He died in great poverty, leaving behind him a great and deserved reputation for treachery.

It has been thought by Macaulay and others that Ferguson led the English government to believe that he was a spy in their interests, and that his frequent escapes from justice were due to official connivance. In a proclamation issued for his arrest in1683 he is described as "a tall lean man, dark brown hair, a great Roman nose, thin-jawed, heat in his face, speaks in the Scottish accent, a sharp piercing eye, stoops a little in the shoulders." Besides numerous pamphlets Ferguson wrote: History of the Revolution (1706); Qualifications requisite in a Minister of State (1710); and part of the History of all the Mobs, Tumults and Insurrections in Great Britain (London, 1715).

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Scandinavians In Search of the Soul of the North
2017 - Scandinavians in Search of the Soul of the North (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781468314823
ISBN-10: 1468314823
Genre: History
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Making Conflict Work Harnessing the Power of Disagreement
2015 - Making Conflict Work Harnessing the Power of Disagreement (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780544582743
ISBN-10: 0544582748
Genre: Business & Money
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Kierkegaard Great Thinkers on Modern Life
Making Conflict Work Navigating Disagreement Up and Down Your Organization
2014 - Making Conflict Work Navigating Disagreement Up and Down Your Organization (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780544148390
ISBN-10: 0544148398
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The Knights Templar and Scotland
2013 - The Knights Templar and Scotland (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780752493381
ISBN-10: 0752493388
Genres: History, Christian Books & Bibles
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The Vikings A History
2012 - The VIkings a History (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781452656236
ISBN-10: 1452656231
Genre: History
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Diet-Free for Life A Revolutionary Food Fitness and Mindset Makeover to Maximize Fat Loss
2011 - Diet-free for Life a Revolutionary Food Fitness and Mindset Makeover to Maximize Fat Loss (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780399537264
ISBN-10: 0399537260
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
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Henrik Ibsen A New Biography
2011 - Henrik Ibsen a New Biography (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780571274819
ISBN-10: 0571274811
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
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The Dialect Of Cumberland With A Chapter On Its Place Names
2010 - The Dialect of Cumberland with a Chapter on Its Place Names [1873] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781120875204
ISBN-10: 112087520X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Penalties of Greatness
2010 - The Penalties of Greatness (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781142996710
ISBN-10: 1142996719
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Ninevah and Its Ruins Or the History of the Great City
2010 - Ninevah and Its Ruins or the History of the Great City (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143033339
ISBN-10: 1143033337
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The River-Names of Europe
2010 - The River-names of Europe (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781141797288
ISBN-10: 1141797283
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The Northmen in Cumberland  Westmoreland
2010 - The Northmen in Cumberland Westmoreland (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781141485956
ISBN-10: 1141485958
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The Dialect of Cumberland
2010 - The Dialect of Cumberland (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781152229020
ISBN-10: 1152229028
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Surnames as a Science
2009 - Surnames As a Science (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781151448392
ISBN-10: 1151448397
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The Northmen in Cumberland
2009 - The Northmen in Cumberland (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151238047
ISBN-10: 115123804X
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The Teutonic Name-System Applied to the Family Names of France England
Swiss Men and Swiss Mountains
2009 - Swiss Men and Swiss Mountains (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151627698
ISBN-10: 1151627690
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Essays on the Most Important Diseases of Women
2009 - Essays on the Most Important Diseases of Women (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150109133
ISBN-10: 1150109130
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Gooch on Some of the Most Important Diseases Peculiar to Women With Other Papers
The Hammer and the Cross A New History of the Vikings
2009 - The Hammer and the Cross a New History of the VIkings (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780713997880
ISBN-10: 0713997885
Genre: History
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2008 - Los Medios Bajo Sospecha [Comunicacion Educativa - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2007 - America During and After the War [Travel in America] (Hardcover)Paperback
2004 - The Media in Question [Hodder Arnold Publication] (Paperback)Hardcover
1987 - Enigma (Hardcover)Hardcover
1918 - Ibsen (Hardcover)
Arctic Harpooner Voyage on Schooner Abbie Bradford 1878-1879 [Seafaring men, their ships and times series] (Hardcover)