The Price of Scotland

The Price of Scotland


Darien, Union and the Wealth of Nations

Douglas Watt

ISBN: 9781906307097

Binding: paperback

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Winner of the 2008 Senior Hume Brown Prize in Scottish History

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The Price of Scotland covers a well-known episode in Scottish history, the ill-fated Darien Scheme. It recounts for the first time in almost forty years, the history of the Company of Scotland, looking at previously unexamined evidence and considering the failure in light of the Company's financial records.

Douglas Watt offers the reader a new way of looking at this key moment in history, from the attempt to raise capital in London in 1695 through to the shareholder bail-out as part of the Treaty of Union in 1707. With the tercentenary of the Union in May 2007, The Price of Scotland provides a timely reassessment of this national disaster.


Douglas Watt has brought an economist's eye and poet's sensibility in The Price of Scotland... to show definitively... that over-ambition and mismanagement, rather than English mendacity, doomed Scotland's imperial ambitions.   The Observer 

The Price of Scotland treats Darien as a financial mania.   The Financial Times

Exceptionally well written, it reads like a novel. As I say - if you're not Scottish and live here - read it. If you're Scottish read it anyway. It's a very, very good book.   i-on Magazine

The must-have book on the events in advance of the Act of Union that brought Scotland and England together in 1707 is Douglas Watt’s The Price of Scotland. It’s a fantastic run-through of the “catastrophic failure” of the Darien Scheme – the creation of the Company of Scotland to establish a Central American colony.   The Financial Times