So that’s one difference with Ireland, it doesn’t become a national movement to the same extent. There’s a strong sense of Unionism in Scotland in the 1880s, an Imperial identity, so ... There’s also an argument in Irish history for this as well, especially in recent times. People have started to look a little bit more at what bound Ireland to the Union rather than what separated it. But certainly in Scotland the land question is not bound up to nationalism in the same way, certainly not separatist nationalism, and it’s only after 1886 that home rule comes onto the agenda and even then it’s in a very different tenor of discussion in Scotland than in Ireland. There’s differences within the Highlands between people who want to look at Ireland as a great example. So people like John Murdoch, people like Angus Sutherland, really admire what the Irish are doing, they’re standing up for themselves. They want to look at the past, they want to promote the Gaelic language and to do that they want to look at the time, for example, under the Lordship of the Isles when Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland were similar cultural ... you know, a single cultural entity, as it were. So they’re very much promoting a sense of kinship between Ireland and Scotland. Wales even comes into it a little bit later as well.

  • Andrew Newby
Thursday 29th April 2010