The Legacy of Unionism in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

Edited by T.M. Devine

in Scotland and the Union 1707-2007

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635412
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672202 | DOI:
The Legacy of Unionism in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

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This chapter reports the legacy of Scottish unionism during the eighteenth century. The English thought that the union of 1707 extended the benefits of Englishness to a less fortunate people. The extension of political liberty to the majority of the population in Scotland was not seen in terms of national self-determination. British North America was not attracted by the legacy of Anglo-Scottish union, although it did increase interest in recruiting Scots as indentured servants in the West Indies, and as settlers in colonies struggling to attract English immigrants. Scottish unionism became stronger as Britain expanded and the imbalance caused by the dominance of England over the other British nations was diluted by an imperial dynamic that many Scots affected by entrenched Presbyterian concepts of a dynamic moral commonwealth that would change the world.

Keywords: Scottish unionism; political liberty; Scotland; Anglo-Scottish union; legacy; Britain; England; Presbyterian; moral commonwealth

Chapter.  5864 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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