What really happened at "1707: What Really Happened?"
Published: Thursday, 26 November 2015 15:27
The faultlines of Scottish politics go back a long way: historians are still arguing about the Union of Parliaments back in 1707 when the Scottish Parliament voted itself out of existence. For some it was a pragmatic decision; for others it was a grave error. These controversies were argued over afresh at “1707: What Really Happened?” at Scotland’s History Festival last month.
Playwrights Tim Barrow and Jen McGregor read from Tim Barrow’s play “Union’ set in 1707. The scene dramatised the clash over the Treaty of Union between Lord Queensberry who was a main proponent of the measure and steered it through Parliament and Lord Hamilton, who led the opposition to it. Here is an excerpt from the scene, set in the “magnificent chamber of the Scottish Parliament”.
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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.
Read more: The historic 'Yes' vote that changed Scotland.