The founders of our Republic must have been familiar with Scottish history as their pledge of the fortunes and lives to the effort to free the colonies from English rule seems to have roots in the Declaration of Arbroath. This also seems to be the first recorded attempt to establish ‘popular sovereignty’. This being the right of the governed to pick their leaders.
“…for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.”
This declaration was made some 300 years,in the 14th Century, before the ‘rebellions’ of 1715 and the last one in 1745, aka in Scottish history as “The 45”. The Scots were finally subdued by the harshish, inhumane abuse by the Brits. They slaughtered the captured and injured on the field and then did the same as the completely destroyed the countryside, killing men, women and children. The few men that survived were imprisoned, put into indentured servitude or sent to the Colonies….which we are forever grateful.
The brutality of their putting down this so called, ‘rebellion’ appears to exceed that shown by the British during our rebellion.