South Britons’ Reception of North Britons, 1707–1820

Paul Langford

in Anglo-Scottish Relations from 1603 to 1900

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263303
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734137 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

South Britons’ Reception of North Britons, 1707–1820

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This chapter explores the dark reception that the Scots received in eighteenth-century England. Scots obtained no new rights of residence by the Act of Union in 1707. Sauny the Scot was the eponymous hero of a doctored version of The Taming of the Shrew that placed Shakespeare's comedy in polite London society. Sauny's function was to protect the gentility and refinement of his master Petruchio. The Man of the World is ultimately a more serious story of a vicious and unprincipled Scotsman on the make. Anglo-Scottish personal unions multiplied after the parliamentary union. Language was perhaps increasingly the prime criterion of full acceptability. Growing awareness of Scotland as a country and a culture did not necessarily decrease prejudice. There is evidence of a marked increase in the flow of Scots into England in the last quarter of the eighteenth century and the first of the nineteenth, as the pace of economic growth south of the border intensified and its extent broadened.

Keywords: economic growth; rights of residence; language; Act of Union; The Taming of the Shrew; The Man of the World

Chapter.  8871 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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