This conclusion builds on the previous chapters of the book and highlights some key lines of continuity between the Scottish cultural revivalists of the fin de siècle and the writers of the Scottish Renaissance. By focussing on Hugh MacDiarmid, the conclusion reveals that – despite MacDiarmid’s dismissive portraits of late-Victorian Scotland – he acknowledged various debts to (and expressed admiration for) several figures discussed in this book, including William Sharp/Fiona Macleod and Patrick Geddes. The lines of continuity presented here are only indicative, but they reveal a more complex relationship between late-Victorian and Modernist cultural nationalism than some of MacDiarmid’s quotations suggest.
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