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Old 26-10-2017, 10:44 PM   #4
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A Policy of Genocide

''In 1608, James VI embarked upon perhaps the most divisive attempt to pacify the Highlands. His previous attempts at colonising Lewis having failed, he decided on an alternative approach. He dispatched a naval force to Mull where a dozen of the leading Highland chiefs had convened a meeting. Andrew Knox, Bishop of the Isles persuaded the chiefs to come on board for a religious service, whereupon the ship slipped its anchor and headed south where the kidnapped chiefs were incarcerated in Dumbarton, Blackness and Stirling castles. Ten months later, they were released on condition that they sign the nine articles of the statutes of Iona. At a court held on Iona on 24th August 1609, nine of the chiefs signed the document. By doing so they agreed, inter alia, that the ruinous kirks be repaired, that inns were to be established, that vagabonds be expelled, liquer controlled, the eldest sons would be sent to the Lowlands for education and bards, the bearers of the culture, would 'be apprehended, put in the stocks and expelled the Islands.'

This followed an act of the Privy Council which sought to establish schools in every parish in the Highlands so that:

''the youths be exercised and trayned up in civilitie, godlines, knawledge, and learning, that the vulgar Inglische toung be universallie plantit, and the Irische language which is one of the chief and principall causes of the continencewance of barbaritie and incivilitie amangis the inhabitantis of the Ilis and Heylands may be abolsheit and removeit''

-Any Wightman, Chapter: In Edinburgh they Hate Us
when the people in power want you dead, just existing is a revolutionary act
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