The historic 'Yes' vote that changed Scotland.
- Published: Monday, 16 November 2015 08:50
Jackie Kemp is chairing an event at the History Festival on Thursday November 19 at 7.45. On the panel will be historians Michael Fry, Professor Christopher Whatley, Professor Murray Pittock and dramatists Tim Barrow and Jen McGregor.
1707: What really Happened? November 19, at 28 York Place, Edinburgh. 7.45pm to 9.15pm. Free. Tickets available at www.historyfest.co.uk
In the run up to the historic vote intense debate raged among “Great & Small, Rich & Poor, Old & Young, Men & Woman”. It was ‘the common discourse and universal concern of all ranks of people.” Hundreds of broadsheets and pamphlets poured onto the streets. Speeches from parliamentary debates were printed. The independence lobby were the noisiest - the mob was against. A key contemporary historian was a Jacobite. But many middle class Protestants and merchants were quietly in favour of the Union of Parliaments in 1707.