Month: June 2012

Early Scottish Imperial Ventures: The Darien Scheme

Fuelled partly by the success of the London-based East India Company, Scottish imperial aspirations gathered momentum towards the end of the seventeenth century. While several Scots were engaged in the East India Company in London, or worked for it in India itself, demands for Scotland to have its own imperial venture grew in the late Read More

The Scottish Samurai

On 6 June 1838 Thomas Blake Glover was born in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. It was from the north east of Scotland that he ventured out to the Far East in the late 1850s, leaving a lasting legacy in Japan that provided the foundation for the enduring connections between Scotland and Japan. In nineteenth-century Japan Scots were Read More

Royal Jubilees and the Scots Abroad

This year’s Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne marks an important moment not only in the history of the United Kingdom, but also in that of the many countries overseas where, whether officially or unofficially, the Queen is an important public symbol. Republican tendencies there may be in many a place, and Read More