a member of the British reforming and constitutional party that sought the supremacy of Parliament and was eventually succeeded in the 19th century by the Liberal Party.
The aristocratic Whigs had passed the Reform Bill in 1832 to hitch the middle classes to the constitution, but increasingly they faced criticism from radicals for standing in the way of democracy.
an American colonist who supported the American Revolution.
A political party in favor of American independence, Whigs are usually anti-British and are willing to fight if they have to.
a 17th-century Scottish Presbyterian.
Educated at Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities, he was a Whig who became a Scottish judge and an MP.
denoting a historian who interprets history as the continuing and inevitable victory of progress over reaction.
You align yourself with Whig historians, happy to see the victory of the Hanoverian regime as a necessary triumph of progress and pragmatism.