Scotland's Contributions to the Empire
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 24 Mar 1910, p. 200-206
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Scotland's Contributions to the Empire


The people in Scotland always trying to remind the English that in the first place they gave England a King, and in the second place, the Unity of the Empire, and furthermore, laid the foundation of the British Empire. A consideration of what Scotland has contributed. Three or four characteristics of the Scotch, together with their working out in the lives of men. First, an illustration of the difference between an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotchman. The cautious nature of the Scot arising from different causes and how that quality has done much in the building up of the British Empire. The desire of the Scot to know things from the bottom up, from north to south, from east to west, and know them through and through; tracing much of the greatness of the British Empire back to this source, and that other characteristic of the Scotch race, the desire to be right. How this works out in controversy, especially theological controversy. The high intelligence of the Scotch. The love of the Scotch race for liberty and freedom; his spirit of independence. An imaginary walk through the City of Edinburgh between the hours of 8 and 10 in the forenoon: what one might see. One of the finest qualities possessed by the men of the Empire of which we form a part: their intellectual and political emancipation. The thrift of the Scot, with anecdote.