"In British settlements from Dunedin to Bombay, for every Englishman who has worked himself up to wealth from small beginnings, you will find ten Scotsmen."
Sir Charles Dilke - Greater Britain
You might want to skim The Tobacco Lords: A Study of the Tobacco Merchants of Glasgow and their Trading Activities c. 1740-90, by Prof Tom Devine. Particularly interesting is the triangular trade that fed the North Atlantic slave trade. Nothing to do with the Scots (aka Virginia Dons), of course. Or,
"...that in Jamaica in 1770 there were 100 African people called MacDonald, or that a quarter of the island's people were Scottish. There was a network of Argyll Campbells at least 100 strong in Jamaica too, concentrated on the west of the island, where the place names were nostalgic: Argyle, Glen Islay."
Sauce: Jackie Kay on Scotland's role in the slave trade | Books | The Guardian
And? The English are saddled with unelected Prime Minister (who, along with half the Labour Party, just happen to be Scottish) that nobody wants. Same rules. Moreover, the number of seats the Scots had in Parliament, between 1885 and 1995 was at least 71, typically 72, and as high as 74 in 1918 - way out of proportion to its population. To claim some historical injustice based exclusively on a decade of Thatcher (who was just as, if not more, unpopular in the North of England) shows just how shortsighted Scottish Nationalism really is. I recommend, Independent and Free: Scottish Politics and the Origins of the SNP, by Prof Richard Finlay, who contends that the resurgence of Scottish nationalism is largely down to the collapse of the British Empire. Nothing like leaving the party when the beer runs out, eh Blue?For years, we were dictated to by a Tory government no one here wanted.
It has never been hard to tell the difference between Bluemonday with a grievance and a ray of sunshine. With apologies to PG Wodehouse...
All the best.