Before the Union
Scotland knew what it was about. Had its own parliament, currency, trade routes and everything. Also had a parliament that was controlled by the people. Oh, and it was independent.
How come we gave all that up? ‘Voluntarily’.
In 1707, Scotland and England forged the Treaty of Union to make the ‘United Kingdom’. Why? Why would Scotland do this? Only 400 years after the Declaration of Arbroath and we just ‘voluntarily’ gave up our independence? Aye, right.
Scotland’s attempt to form a colony in Panama could not be allowed to succeed. Whether they shared a king or not, Scotland would not be allowed to get in the way of England’s empire and Darien was deliberately sabotaged by the East India Company and the Royal Navy.
The Claim Of Right In 1689, an act was passed by the Scottish parliament. It was called the Claim of Right. It set out in statute an ancient right of the people to limit the power of their government and is often referred to as the Scottish Constitution. If you have...