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State of the Union$
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Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258208

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199258201.001.0001

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The Union of Westminster and Edinburgh Parliaments, 1707

The Union of Westminster and Edinburgh Parliaments, 1707

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(p.13) 2 The Union of Westminster and Edinburgh Parliaments, 1707
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State of the Union
Author(s):

Iain Mclean

Alistair McMillan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199258201.003.0002

The motives of the pro- and anti-Union forces in Scotland in the years leading to 1707 are analysed. It is shown that they were mixed, but that trade, security, and material interests all played a role. The first ever analysis of flows of the vote in the last Scottish Parliament identifies the swing voters. The union was a genuine bargain, in which each side possessed credible threats. The paradoxical establishment of two rival churches is analysed.

Keywords:   Acts of Union 1707, Namierism, parcel, rogues, nation, Fletcher of Saltoun, Andrew, Darien, church establishment, credible threats

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