Prof. Roger Mason, Debating Britain in Seventeenth-Century Scotland

Prof. Roger Mason

On Monday and Tuesday of next week (8-9 April), Prof. Roger Mason will be giving prestigious public lectures in Edinburgh and Aberdeen on the topic of Scotland’s relations with England in the 17th century. With the referendum on Scottish independence scheduled for 18 September 2014, this will be a timely exploration of the debates that have surrounded Britain’s constitutional arrangements since the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

The lectures are jointly sponsored by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Scottish History Society and will take place on

Monday 8 April 2013 in Edinburgh:  6.00pm Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ

Tuesday 9 April 2013 in Aberdeen: 7.30pm New King’s 10, adjacent to King’s Museum, 17 High Street, Old Aberdeen AB24 3EE

Professor Mason, who is currently teaching an honours module on this topic, writes:

‘We are accustomed to thinking that Scotland’s union with England dates from 1707 when the Treaty of Union created a single parliament and a single state under the name of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.  However, the kingdoms had been united under one monarch since 1603, and amid the turmoil of the intervening century, there were repeated attempts by the Scots to re-negotiate a relationship that they saw as increasingly one-sided. My lecture will explore some of the questions that arise from closer study of this tumultuous era in British history: How did seventeenth-century Scots envisage their place in the Stuart’s multiple monarchy? What were the implications of being in a union with a country that was so much bigger in terms of population and resources?  Why did the union last? Finally, it will consider what, if anything, the experience of Scotland in the seventeenth century has to tell us in the twenty first century.’

The lectures are free and open to the public.  For further details, click here.

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