The Tobacco Merchant's Lawyer

DOI: 10.5040/9781408174876.00000013
Scenes: 5. Roles: Male (1) , Female (0) , Neutral (0)

Glasgow’s tobacco merchants are anxious that the American war will bring their booming trade to a halt, but poor lawyer Enoch Dalmellington has more pressing anxieties closer to home: his ‘dreich, pious, humourless’ and unmarried daughter Euphemia, and the dire predictions emanating from Grahamston’s infamous political medium, Mistress Zapata.

Set in the period leading up to American Independence, and first performed ahead of Scotland's own burgeoning discussions about a referendum for independence from the United Kingdom, The Tobacco Merchant's Lawyer is rife with humour as well as fears for the future.

As the situation develops at home and overseas, Dalmellington's fortunes ebb and flow, and his struggles to secure his daughter's fate become more unwieldy; in the character of this eighteenth-century lawyer, Heggie has created a persona honed with both biting satire and avuncular warmth.

The Tobacco Merchant's Lawyer premiered at Òran Mór, Glasgow, in 2008.

From King of Scotland & The Tobacco Merchant's Lawyer


Bloomsbury Publishing

Iain Heggie

ISBN: 9781408156445

Series: Modern Plays

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