Act of Union was unpopular

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IN HIS letter (9 June) Alexander McKay states that “99.5 per cent of Scots in 1707 knew little and cared less what set of landed gentry ruled them than another” – implying that the majority of Scots were indifference to the loss of nationhood incurred by the union.

On the contrary, contemporary evidence clearly shows that the union was extremely unpopular with the great mass of the Scottish people. So much so, that the Act of Union (after being ratified by “a parcel of rogues” in the ­parliament of Scotland) had to be smuggled out in secret to escape the wrath of infuriated mobs. Had universal ­suffrage existed then, Scotland today would be an ­independent ­nation. Mr McKay should do his homework.

Ross Laidlaw, Dunbar