This site offers an introduction to the pre-1707 parliament of Scotland by Dr Alastair Mann (University of Stirling). It is based initially on a paper entitled ‘From Pomp to Policy: The Parliament of Scotland in History and on CD-ROM’ given at the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum (now Learning and Teaching Scotland) conference for the Teachers of History, May 2000, but now updated with the launch of the online Records of the Parliament of Scotland to 1707 [RPS] (St Andrews), of which Dr Mann is co-editor, and the start of final year special subject module at Stirling University entitled, ‘The ‘Golden Age’ of the Scottish Parliament: parliament and politics in Scotland, 1660-1707 (module code HIS9Y7).
This website and accompanying workshops are intended to provide some core information and suggestions for research possibilities on topics related to the pre-Union (1707) Scottish parliament. The level is aimed at both High School Higher and first year undergraduate level pupils and students, but provides a useful introduction to the general reader and more advanced student.
Thanks are due to the Scottish Parliament Project and the University of St Andrews for permission to use the translated and modernised version of the RPS database for extracts in this website. Thanks are also due to the National Archives of Scotland for manuscript images and to Dr Gillian MacIntosh for images taken from the old printed editions of the Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland.