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The Scots and the Union$
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Christopher Whatley

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748616855

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616855.001.0001

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‘The Most Neglected if Not Opprest State in Europe’? Confrontations and the Search for Compromise, 1700–5

‘The Most Neglected if Not Opprest State in Europe’? Confrontations and the Search for Compromise, 1700–5

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(p.184) Chapter Five ‘The Most Neglected if Not Opprest State in Europe’? Confrontations and the Search for Compromise, 1700–5
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The Scots and the Union
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Christopher A. Whatley

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616855.003.0007

This chapter argues that Scotland’s economic problems of the 1690s ran on into the early years of the eighteenth century. There was a widespread recognition of the country’s difficulties, although what was at issue was how to deal with them. Union (in 1702) was one of these, although English politicians were less keen than King William. Scotland’s opposition politicians exploited the opportunities there were to assert Scotland’s interests over issues such as the succession (following Anne) and Scottish sovereignty.

Keywords:   Act of Security, Succession, King William, Union (1702-3), Queen Anne, Scottish independence, Fletcher of Saltoun, New Party, Squadrone volante

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