Despite the economic hit from Darien, the politics surrounding its failure was worse for the Scottish psyche. The Scots saw front and center that with regal union they could never expect to see their interests represented in an independent foreign policy. Their interests were always going to be subservient to the interests of England in the mind of their own king.
The Scottish king was in England, surrounded by English advisors. In the minds of these advisors Scotland was probably rarely of much interest. Evidence for this can be seen in any London newspaper of the time. The main bulk of the newspapers consisted of stories from capitals around the Europe, but almost never from Edinburgh.
On one rare occasion when there was a story about Scotland, the Englishman writing from Edinburgh referred to Scotland "as this kingdom," not with any sense that they might be part of the same kingdom.45 Scotland certainly had some notion that they were one unit in the international system. Evidence for this comes from a declaration by the Company of Scotland where they proclaimed their work was in the name of "His Majesty of Great Britain."46
Yet Scotland still felt strongly nationalistic. The history of William Wallace was well know throughout Scotland and highly esteemed, as he was called, "The Most Famous and Valiant Champion," in the introduction to one 1699 printing of the centuries old story by Harry