Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
Independence

Alien Act 1705

Just in case you’re wondering how Scotland got into this Union called the United Kingdom, here’s a brief history lesson.

We were blackmailed into it.

In a nutshell, the Aliens Act threatened that unless Scotland agreed to negotiate terms for union and accepted the Hanoverian succession by 25 December 1705, there would be a ban on the import of all Scottish staple products into England. Scots would also lose the privileges of Englishmen under English law – thus endangering rights to any property they held in England. In essence – political, religious and economic blackmail.

The legislation was called the Alien Act. You can find more information about its here on Wikipedia and at the UK Parliament.

Better together, then or now? Naw.

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

The prize is a better country for the people of Scotland. And that’s only 61 days away.

Image credit: Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, London

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