Links & Readings

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Dauvit Broun, who is Professor of Scottish History at Glasgow University, has his inaugural lecture on YouTube ( You might like to watch it to get some idea of how Scotland was ‘imagined’ in the middle ages.

The National Museum of Scotland ( was opened in 1998, and is a good way of exploring how Scotland is presented, both online and in person if you live near or visit Edinburgh.

Look too at the translation of The Declaration of Arbroath in the National Archives of Scotland (

For additional readings, take a look at:

  • Broun, D. (1998) ‘Defining Scotland and the Scots before the Wars of Independence’, in D. Broun, R.J. Finlay and M. Lynch (eds.) Image and Identity: the making and remaking of Scotland through the ages, Edinburgh: John Donald, 4‒17.
  • Broun, D. (2015) ‘Rethinking Scottish Origins’, in S. Boardman and S. Foran (eds), Barbour’s Bruce and its Cultural Contexts, Boydell and Brewer.
  • Smout, T.C. (1994) ‘Perspectives on the Scottish Identity’, in Scottish Affairs, 6, 101‒13 (