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Scotland’s miraculous century (it started with the Union)

A review of Michael Fry’s A Higher World examines the long 18th century, in which the Union of England and Scotland was consolidated

22 November 2014

9:00 AM

22 November 2014

9:00 AM

A Higher World: Scotland 1707–1815 Michael Fry

Berlinn, pp.462, £25, ISBN: 9781780272337

In 1707 Scotland surrendered what it had of its independence by the Treaty of Union with England. That independence had been limited since the Union of the Crowns in 1603, and arguably for at least half a century before that. But the treaty was, as Lord Seafield, Chancellor of Scotland, said ‘the end of an auld song’.

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