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The Campbell-MacDonald feud again made an impact on national affairs when, in June 1646, Antrim and his allies in the Western Isles not only refused to surrender at the end of the First: English Civil War but, in conjunction with Scottish, Irish and English royalists, threatened to raise an army of 30,000 men which would march into England and free Charles I.
In return for the establishment of Presbyterianism in England for a period of three years, the Scots promised to join forces with the English royalists and restore the King to his throne.
In describing Filmer's unique place among English royalists, James Daly has noted that 'his opinions were not shared by royalist writers during the Civil War and Interregnum, when royalist political thought received its classical statement, and .