Conclusion: From British Identity to Scottish Nation

Dauvit Broun

in Scottish Independence and the Idea of Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623600
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653416 | DOI:
Conclusion: From British Identity to Scottish Nation

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This chapter concludes that Scottish independence only began as a conscious aspiration when it was first threatened at the start of the twelfth century: a reaction to external pressures which was the inspiration for articulating claims to freedom for the first time. It further states that on another level it only became fully formed as an idea of territorial sovereignty in the mid-thirteenth century. At the same time, something recognisable was seen as related to modern assumptions about nations can be found in Richard Vairement's vision of the Scots as free under their own kings from the beginning. In the end, however, the origins of independence can be seen to lie in the sense of secular authority bestowed by the geographical reality of near division of Britain by the Forth.

Keywords: Scottish independence; territorial sovereignty; Richard Vairement; secular authority; Britain; Forth

Chapter.  6055 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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