On this day 5th August 1704, the Act of Security was passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Act of Security, which allowed the Three Estates to choose another successor to Queen Anne than the choice made by the English Parliament, if Scottish conditions were not met, was approved by the Scottish Parliament.
The English responded with the Alien Act (1705) which demanded that if the Scots did not accept the Hanoverian succession, or begin proceedings on a union of parliaments, then Scottish imports to England would be banned and Scots living in England would be treated as aliens. Scotclans
There’s little doot that in oor spine
A weakness gers us tae the line,
An maks us turn oor cheek tae slaps
Administered by English chaps,
Who can’t believe their British luck
That all our famous Scottish pluck
Appears to be preserved for games
Where beaten we can call them names.
There’s little doot that we’ve been fools
Whae’s played the gemme tae English rules.
Hammer’t sair an soondly beaten
By the yins brocht up at Eton.
Sapped an weaken’t by Scottish lice
Whae’s whoorish acts’ll nae suffice
Until the land they claim their ain
Is classified English domain.
There’s little doot that Devolution
Is anither convolution,
Presentit noo wi cunnin guile
For haudin oan tae Scottish ile;
While oor Scottish aspirations
Waste away in perorations
Delivered fierce for toothless Bill
Tae keep us thralled tae England still.
There’s little doot we’ve still tae get
The ruthless speerit in us yet.
The speerit tae complete the turn
An plan a modern Bannockburn;
Where votes will win oor Scottish state
An in oor country, Free an Great,
Wi coward quislins aw cast oot
We’ll find oorsels wi little doot.
By Christie Grahame ( written in 1976)