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‘How British is Scotland? Britain and Scottish Independence in the Middle Ages’

Dauvit Broun (Professor of Scottish History)

University of Glasgow

Scotland’s identification with Britain has deeper roots than the union of the crowns in 1603, It can be seen as a constant element in the Scottish kingdom’s identity from early medieval times, an element that can still be recognised after the Wars of Independence. And yet Scotland was, in the same period, a self-governing and latterly a sovereign kingdom. This has the potential to offer a new perspective on the relationship between Scottish independence and Britishness.