The referendum on Scottish Independence is the hot topic in 2014. This page looks at the highly significant part that Scottish Highlanders played in bringing about union of Scotland with England, events that took almost a hundred years from 1603 to play out. The question arises, if Highlanders today (and if being independent spirits like allegedly their ancestors) were to vote along the same lines as their ancestors, would their Highland vote play into the hands of the British Establishment. Aye, there’s the rub!
The MacFarlane crest at the top of the page (the author of this website is a MacFarlane) illustrates the ambiguous relationship that existed between many clans and the Crown. Which Crown was the MacFarlane defending, that of James VI of Scotland or an ideal of an English Crown that was Presbyterian and that was being threatened by James I of England (both monarchs being one and the same person)?
This term refers to the name that Covenanter Lowlanders in Ayrshire and Galloway in 1638 gave to rampaging West Highland Scots whose mission was to pillage and terrorise Presbyterians, so to pave the way for a Catholic monarchy and Establishment. Closer scrutiny will tend to show that, while there is an element of truth to this narrative, recorded facts appear to suggest a true version of events would be much less dramatic, bogey or overblown. This page explores how Highland Clans felt split two-ways and it will take the clans one-by-one (be patient, it is a work in progress) to suggest how a MacFarlane/MacLaren/MacWhatever might vote today if being true to their ancestors.
Before going any further, visitors to this site are invited to record their vote on the poll below (starting 25th February 2014) and we can see what happens!