A History Of Scotland by Neil OliverScotlands history has been badly served over the years. Defined by its relationship to England, Scotlands popular history is full of near-mythical figures and tragic events, her past littered with defeat, failure and thwarted ambition. The martyrdom of William Wallace, the tragedy of Mary Queen of Scots and the forlorn cause of Bonnie Prince Charlie all give the impression of poor Scotland; a victim of misfortune, leading to the countrys inevitable submission to the Auld Enemy. After the Union in 1707, Scotlands increasing reliance on England culminated in a crisis of confidence and identity that tortures the country to this day. But how accurate is this version of events? Using the very latest in historical research and by placing Scotlands story in the wider context of British, European and global history, some of the myths that pervade the past will be exploded to reveal a Scotland which forged its own destiny, often with success.
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He is buried in Westminster Abbey. Cromwell then marches on Edinburgh and subsequently occupies much of southern Scotland. His son, Richard Cromwell is unable to maintain the Protectorate and resigns in Spring The meeting fails and Mary neither ratifies nor revokes the Protestant Acts passed by Parliament. Alternative services called conventicles, often held in the open air, that spring up in an effort to retain a Presbyterian approach, are later made illegal.
North of this was Caledonia , inhabited by the Picti , whose uprisings forced Rome's legions back to Hadrian's Wall. In the following century, Irish missionaries introduced the previously pagan Picts to Celtic Christianity. Following England 's Gregorian mission , the Pictish king Nechtan chose to abolish most Celtic practices in favour of the Roman rite , restricting Gaelic influence on his kingdom and avoiding war with Anglian Northumbria. The Kingdom of Scotland was united under the House of Alpin , whose members fought among each other during frequent disputed successions. The last Alpin king, Malcolm II , died without issue in the early 11th century and the kingdom passed through his daughter's son to the House of Dunkeld or Canmore. He left only his infant granddaughter Margaret, Maid of Norway as heir, who died herself four years later. England, under Edward I , would take advantage of this questioned succession to launch a series of conquests, resulting in the Wars of Scottish Independence , as Scotland passed back and forth between the House of Balliol and the House of Bruce.