It has been one of the British Empires oldest and most consistent endeavours to keep us Scots in line, and they have done so sometimes to brutal effect in the past. We still have it implemented, or attempts at it to this day. What is it? Endeavouring to stop Scots feel like they are Scottish.
Unfortunately for them, their attempts have never quite succeeded, although some attempts have been more culturally destructive than others.
Lets have a brief history lesson here.
In 1746 after the Jacobite uprising, wearing of the tartan was banned.
Abolition and Proscription of the Highland Dress 19 George II, Chap. 39, Sec. 17, 1746
That from and after the first day of August, One thousand, seven hundred and forty-six, no man or boy within that part of Britain called Scotland, other than such as shall be employed as Officers and Soldiers in His Majesty’s Forces, shall, on any pretext whatever, wear or put on the clothes commonly called Highland clothes (that is to say) the Plaid, Philabeg, or little Kilt, Trowse, Shoulder-belts, or any part whatever of what peculiarly belongs to the Highland Garb; and that no tartan or party-coloured plaid of stuff shall be used for Great Coats or upper coats, and if any such person shall presume after the said first day of August, to wear or put on the aforesaid garment or any part of them, every such person so offending … For the first offence,shall be liable to be imprisoned for 6 months, and on the second offence, to be transported to any of His Majesty’s plantations beyond the seas, there to remain for the space of seven years.
The Act was repealed in 1782…but by then the damage had been done, and highland dress was no longer worn on a daily basis, but rather turned into being worn for special occasions.
But not only was the tartan proscribed, Gaelic was forbidden to be spoken,and the pipes were banned.
In truth, Gaelic had already been under attack by that traitorous king, James the sixth after the union of the crowns, but this Act put the boot in.
Gaelic which had been spoken in nearly all of Scotland,had been reduced to a mere 1.6% of the population by the time that I was in primary school in the 1960’s.
Indeed I received the belt for speaking Gaelic in class, we could only speak our language in the playground or at home.
It was only from the 1980’s that Gaelic started to make a comeback, and we have some Gaelic speaking primary schools today.
Despite these efforts, I still hear some of my fellow Scots complaining about resources being used for Gaelic, such as bilingual road and rail signs. I have also heard many disparage BBC Alba, and their output. Yet it, probably because it is not fully run by the BBC, has brought us more informative programmes for all Scots, than the main broadcaster provides. With programmes such as Diomhair/Secrets,Scottish Independence, and the McCrone Report. (now difficult to get a hold of, the BBC have slapped a copyrite ban on it…no idea why??) telling Scots some home truths about our history.
Find it here, but it is in sections..so you will have to bear with it.
The problem with some Scots intolerance for their own language, is because they have bought into the idea, that it doesn’t belong to them. So job done for the British State in these efforts.
What could be called a long term attempt at the Genocide of a Culture, also includes the Highland Clearances where assisted by Clan Chiefs who had gone English native, the people were brutally evicted from the land during the Highland Clearances,(up to 2000 families a day) which ran from the 1760’s up to around 1850,and also included the Highland potato famine, which was more devastating than the much more famous Irish counterpart, yet barely ever spoken about, never mind reported on.
As a result there are far more Highland descendants in the Americas and Australasia today, than exist in Scotland.
The much less brutal, but still pervasive attacks on Scottishness still carry on till this day.
The subject now is our flag, the Saltire.
The very use of this flag, has seen attempts at its banning.
During the Olympics this year, we saw the blatant attempts to deny its recognition, first in the torch run through the country(we saw attacks on other flags too, the Cornish Saint Pirin’s flag being ripped off a runner by the police) even old age pensioners in Scotland getting visits by the police, treating them as potential terrorists, for writing on the internet they intended leafleting.The attempt at banning the Saltire from being flown at our own national stadium,during the Olympics.
Even when Andy Murray, somehow managed to avoid the procession of Olympians in Glasgow, the press showed photographs with a few union jacks at his homecoming visit to Dunblane, yet wider pictures showed that the people had a mass amount of Saltires.
It has also subsequently been brought to my attention that the Olympians procession in Glasgow,had between a third and a half of all of them, including Chris Hoy,draped in Saltires. Yet the overriding impression given by the media and press,was of a union jack waving nature. Such is perfidy of our media in Scotland.
Today the news reports that the Grampian Fire Service,as part of the new Scottish Fire Service, has been forced into removing the Saltire from the two fire engines which displayed them, because of TWO complaints about their use!
It all may seem rather petty and unimportant in the grand scheme of things, and in our daily lives.
But it is not… These seemingly random and individual events, are part of a much greater whole.
The very identification,culture, and languages of the Scots, have been under threat of eradication for centuries,and the purge still goes on.
Eradicate Scottishness, and there is no desire to feel, or think, or believe differently than what the British State wants us to feel,think,behave or believe. Thus putting an end to our self identity, ends any thoughts of doing things differently, or wanting a different society, and country. It finally ends our desire for Independence. We will be Scots no more. We will all be British,and all that entails.
A nation and it’s peoples gone forever.
Or at least..so they hope!