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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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Paving the Way: the Union Commissioners and the Hearts and Minds of the People

Paving the Way: the Union Commissioners and the Hearts and Minds of the People

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(p.243) Chapter Seven Paving the Way: the Union Commissioners and the Hearts and Minds of the People
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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/9780748616855.003.0009

This chapter analyses the extent and nature of anti-English feeling in Scotland. Also explored in unprecedented detail is the work of the union commissioners (from both countries) whose job it was to work out a new constitutional relationship between England and Scotland. It is argued that the Scottish commissioners were well-chosen and that they were firm in their defence of Scottish interests, ensuring that the incorporating union that resulted in 1707 was not an ‘entire’ union but one that recognised Scottish distinctiveness. Persuading the public outside Parliament of this however, was difficult.

Keywords:   Union commissioners, Incorporating union, John Clerk of Penicuik, Queensberry, Scottish independence, Public opinion, Anti-unionism

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