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Scotland and the Union 1707-2007$
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Tom Devine

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635412

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635412.001.0001

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The Legacy of Unionism in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

The Legacy of Unionism in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

(p.77) 5 The Legacy of Unionism in Eighteenth-Century Scotland
Scotland and the Union 1707-2007
T.M. Devine
Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reports the legacy of Scottish unionism during the eighteenth century. The English thought that the union of 1707 extended the benefits of Englishness to a less fortunate people. The extension of political liberty to the majority of the population in Scotland was not seen in terms of national self-determination. British North America was not attracted by the legacy of Anglo-Scottish union, although it did increase interest in recruiting Scots as indentured servants in the West Indies, and as settlers in colonies struggling to attract English immigrants. Scottish unionism became stronger as Britain expanded and the imbalance caused by the dominance of England over the other British nations was diluted by an imperial dynamic that many Scots affected by entrenched Presbyterian concepts of a dynamic moral commonwealth that would change the world.

Keywords:   Scottish unionism, political liberty, Scotland, Anglo-Scottish union, legacy, Britain, England, Presbyterian, moral commonwealth

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