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Tue Jan 10, 2012, 06:30 PM

20. No, not like the plantation of Ulster

There were significant numbers of incomers to what is now Scotland from about 500AD onwards from Ireland (the Scots), from what is now the Danish-German border (Anglo-Saxons), and, a little later, the Vikings from Denmark and Norway. The Britons and Picts who were already there got rather swamped. By about 1000, a kingdom approaching the modern borders of Scotland was emerging, with the Scots and Anglo-Saxons having had the most influence - the Scots in the highlands, the Anglo-Saxons in the lowlands. England itself only emerged after 900AD from individual earlier kingdoms, and the Scottish kingdom was strong enough to stop any further attempts at unification (unlike, say, Cornwall).

The powerful lowland nobles had extensive lands and relations in England (eg the family of Robert the Bruce, winner of Bannockburn). But there has never been any period of a policy of moving people from England to Scotland to change the demographics.

The people of Scotland may or may not have been happy about the Union - but it wasn't a democracy (just as England wasn't). Think of it as bribing the board of one company to agree to a takeover by another.

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