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-Ian McKay

There was a sense of desperation in their writing, begging their own king to act in his subject's interest.


The above quotes can only serve to touch the surface of anti-English sentiment in Scotland after the disaster. The king issued a proclamation offering a reward for the capture of the author of the before quoted An Inquiry into the Causes of the Miscarriage of the Scot Colony at Darien, which the king called an attempt to, "create a misunderstanding between our good subjects of England and Scotland."41 Englishmen in Edinburgh fled with their families for their lives.42 However not all of their anger was directed at England. It was reported on June 25, 1700 that news of the failure had reached Edinburgh and the people, "made great Bonfires at Edinburg, during which the mob committed some disorders."43


This anger at England greatly overshadowed any self-doubt that emerged. Out of a sense of patriotic pride the Scots were outraged at their mistreatment, and out of a sense of national interest they were more determined then ever that the joint monarchy could no longer work. Yet there were still those handful of powerful Scots who dreamed of what England had to offer them. They were racked by feelings of deficiency, and knew Scotland's national interest would ultimately be best served by union. But regardless of how historians can guess that the nation viewed itself, the fact remains that after the failure of Darien, an independent Scotland had only seven years left.

41. By the King, a Proclamation: Whereas We have been informed, That a False, Scandalous, and Traitorous Libel Instituted, An Inquiry into the Causes of the Miscarriage of the Scotch Colony at Darien, (London, 1699).
42. Bridget McPhail, Eighteenth Century Life, 133.
43. Post Man, 25 January 1700, (London: Fr. Leach in Grey Fryers, Newgate Street).