The land that begat me,
These windy spaces
Are surely my own.
and those who toil here
In the sweat of their faces
Are flesh of my flesh
And bone of my bone.
SIR ALEXANDER GRAY
Remember that the theatre of the world is wider than the realm of England.
MARY,QUEEN OF SCOTS
For that is the mark of the Scots of all classes: that he stands in an attitude towards the past unthinkable to Englishmen, and remembers and cherishes the memory of his forebears, good or bad; and there burns alive in him a sense of identity with the dead even to the twentieth generation.
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
Stirling, like a huge brooch, clasps Highlands and Lowlands together.
From the lone sheiling of
the misty island
Lord Aberdeen was quite touched when I told him I was so attached to the dear, dear Highlands and missed the fine hills so much. There is a great peculiarity about the Highlands and Highlanders; and they are such a chivalrous, fine, active people.
The aftermath of Culloden exacted penalties which were to leave a permanent scar on the Highlands of Scotland in the deliberate extinction of the Celtic way of life - by killing, destruction, confiscation and deportation. A tragic time, unequalled by any other in Scottish history.
The Scots are steadfast - not their clime.
For so long as one hundred men remain alive, we shall never under any conditions submit to the domination of the English. It is not for glory or riches or honours that we fight, but only for liberty, which no good man will consent to lose but with his life.
We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.
My Ain Folk
Far frae my hame I wander,
but still my thoughts return
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