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The Union of Westminster and Edinburgh Parliaments, 1707

Iain Mclean and Alistair McMillan

in State of the Union

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199258208
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603334 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199258201.003.0002
 The Union of Westminster and Edinburgh Parliaments, 1707

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The motives of the pro- and anti-Union forces in Scotland in the years leading to 1707 are analysed. It is shown that they were mixed, but that trade, security, and material interests all played a role. The first ever analysis of flows of the vote in the last Scottish Parliament identifies the swing voters. The union was a genuine bargain, in which each side possessed credible threats. The paradoxical establishment of two rival churches is analysed.

Keywords: Acts of Union 1707; Namierism; parcel; rogues; nation; Fletcher of Saltoun; Andrew; Darien; church establishment; credible threats

Chapter.  22319 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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