Scotland had Shipbuilding industry,Large fishing fleet, Car making industry, Coal mining industry,Steel mills, Clothing factories, Electronics...English governments removed all our industries and the coal fields destruction was the final straw,
Barrygaji, with respect, like many Scots, you make it sound (perhaps unintentionally) like this was some conspiracy by the nasty, horrible English against Scotland. It's worth considering that England and Wales also had their heavy industries stripped and destroyed. Let's face it, perhaps the only reason Swan-Hunter shipyards on the Tyne were allowed to continue was so the governments could play them off against the yards in Glasgow and Belfast. Mines? Some English kids have read about them in history books or heard about them from their grandparents. Fishing fleets... I didn't recognise the North Shields fish quay from my childhood days when I was last there.
I'm curious about your claim that the Travellers were made homeless after the 1715/45. As I understood it there were Scottish anti-traveller laws (Romany, anyway) in place hundreds of years before that. One of the reasons there were communities around Rosslyn was because the local laird refused to enforce such laws (hanging).
I'm not disputing your own history, I'm just wondering if this was widespread displacement or were your family from a particular area?
Actually most things I've read that crunch the numbers say that Scotland is a net recipient of money from England and that Scotland's economic problems are mostly because Scottish voters like policies that limit economic growth and vote for them (and are then astonished when economic growth is not great).
Probably right but many would say that the money given to Scotland actually comes from Scotland to London first (I don't know how strong this argument is cos I don't know the figures).