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In the introduction to Scotland in Colour, Wilfred Taylor writes that “the Scot is essentially a romantic logician… At the heart of the Scottish ethos is a hard core of logic, embedded in a matrix of pure sentiment.” This is certainly true of Robert Mackie, author of A Short History of Scotland. He seems never to lapse into nationalistic pride. (He has no problem describing his countrymen of an earlier period as “more ignorant” than their English neighbors, in reference to the old Scottish ...more