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Not So Random Scottish History

ACCORDING to our First Minister, we are still (at the time of writing, but things move quickly these days!) on course for a second Scottish Independence Referendum at some point next year, via a Section 30 agreement with Westminster. Leaving aside any discussion or debate about the merits of this approach, or the legitimacy of any alternative approaches, how exactly have we arrived at this point in history? Well, one self-evident truth is that if Scotland hadn’t entered, willingly or otherwise, into an incorporating union in 1707 then…

Eagle-eyed iScot Magazine readers may have noticed the wee miniseries that developed over issues 54, 55 and 56: Myths and lies – what a surprise! (issue 54) looked at the historical misrepresentation of the Darien scheme, Rule Britannia, Britannia waives the rules… (issue 55) highlighted the role of the Aliens Act in the run up to 1707, and Prosperity to Scotland, and no Union! (issue 56) completed the trilogy by exposing the treachery surrounding the signing of the Treaty of Union. iScot readers will not be surprised to learn that most of the research for these features was not undertaken in the kind of history books we were all subjected to at school, and that it takes a fair bit of digging to uncover sources that are not biased towards an ‘accepted’ British version of events. As the cliché goes, history is written by the victors. However, to coin another cliché, the truth is out there… it just sometimes takes a wee bit of finding!

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