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The Union of 1707New Dimensions: Scottish Historical Review Supplementary Issue$
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S J Brown and Christopher Whatley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638024

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638024.001.0001

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The Issues Facing Scotland in 1707

The Issues Facing Scotland in 1707

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Issues Facing Scotland in 1707
The Union of 1707

Christopher A. Whatley

Edinburgh University Press

All of the chapters in this book, which were presented at the Royal Society of Edinburgh's symposium, focus on the British incorporating union of 1707. Each chapter offers a fresh perspective on this momentous event in Scotland's — and Britain's — history. This chapter examines the union-related issues facing Scotland in 1707 and how such issues reflected in the Scottish Parliament during the fateful months from October 1706 to January 1707. In the years immediately preceding the Union in 1707, Scotland was a troubled nation, and a nation in trouble — although not without the capacity to trouble others. Internally the country was divided by deep fissures created by religious conflict and dynastic contest. Linked were issues of governance — including the role of the Scottish estates, or Parliament — and attitudes to monarchical absolutism. Possibly the issue that most exercised the hearts and minds of people outside Parliament Close was the fate following union of the ‘visible mark’ of Scotland's nationhood and sovereignty, the honours of Scotland — the ancient crown, and the sword and sceptre of state.

Keywords:   Scotland, Britain, Scottish Parliament, Union, religious conflict, governance, absolutism, nationhood, sovereignty

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