Saturday, 26 January 2013

University of Glasgow's Darien papers

Scotland may vote to leave the United Kingdom next year - but if you've ever wondered what led to Scotland and England uniting in the first place in 1707, one of the key factors was Scotland's failed Darien colony scheme in 1698 and 1699, which virtually bankrupted the country's so called nobles. Only a couple of months ago I researched the story of one of these investors from Ayrshire on behalf of a client - this investor was ironically already getting heavily into debt in the 1690s and so speculated on the scheme in the hope of clearing his burden - a tragic tale.

If you want to know more about the scheme, the University of Glasgow has an interesting post at http://universityofglasgowlibrary.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/scotlands-failed-colony-the-darien-scheme/ outlining papers that it holds within its Spencer Collection. An interesting read.

Chris

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