If you have been listening to the news you’ll know that today Scotland is making a pretty important decision about their future. Currently they are part of the United Kingdom, or the UK. But a vote is taking place right now that will decide whether citizens of Scotland are moving away from that partnership and are heading off on their own.
I’m no historian, but I’ve got a child’s eye view of what is going on and I’m willing to share because at least I’m thinking about it! If you want to listen in, you are welcome to, and if you want to disagree with me, you are welcome to do that as well.
There is written evidence of a group of people who were known as Picts who were in the area we now know as Scotland back in 297 CE. There were also folks who called themselves Scots. Imagine groups who were more bound to their families than to any nation. Add a couple of other groups to this original bunch like the Vikings and the Normans and you’ll have a fair view of the types of people that made up early Scotland.
Let’s move forward in time to the 13th century. One English king, King Edward the I decided he’d try to wrest control of those Scots…it didn’t work. They were an uproarious community and they created the Declaration of Arbroath which promised that as long as there were 100 Scots left, they’d fight the English rule and NEVER SURRENDER.
That was until the Queen Elizabeth I died. She didn’t have any children and so the crown went to a King who was a Scot. King James VI of Scotland who was also King James I of England. Scots became part of England’s parliamentarian system, but they kept their own parliament as well.
There was an official union in 1707. No more Scottish parliament.
The National party of Scotland fought for their own independence in 1928.
1975 the National party wanted to separate slightly in a move called “devolution”. They failed to win enough votes.
1997 the Scots voted for “devolution”.
1999 Full and separate Scottish parliament is once again restored.
If the Scots vote for a complete separation there is going to be a bit of a mess for a while. Other countries might be energized by their success. The economic picture might be murky for a bit. But on the other hand, this has been a long time in coming. If they national party doesn’t succeed we can bet that this won’t be their final push for independence.
Can you imagine struggling for over 300 years against England?
I guess we’ll find out what happens a little later today.