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‘The Most Neglected if Not Opprest State in Europe’? Confrontations and the Search for Compromise, 1700–5

Christopher A. Whatley

in The Scots and the Union

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780748616855
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672271 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616855.003.0007
‘The Most Neglected if Not Opprest State in Europe’? Confrontations and the Search for Compromise, 1700–5

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This chapter argues that Scotland’s economic problems of the 1690s ran on into the early years of the eighteenth century. There was a widespread recognition of the country’s difficulties, although what was at issue was how to deal with them. Union (in 1702) was one of these, although English politicians were less keen than King William. Scotland’s opposition politicians exploited the opportunities there were to assert Scotland’s interests over issues such as the succession (following Anne) and Scottish sovereignty.

Keywords: Act of Security; Succession; King William; Union (1702-3); Queen Anne; Scottish independence; Fletcher of Saltoun; New Party; Squadrone volante

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