Monthly Archives: November 2016

Adam Smith: Part IX

The Auld Alliance Today we talk of the ‘special relationship’ between the US and UK. The special relationship which once existed between Scotland and France is just such a relationship. Today the Scottish Nationalist Party refer to it as the … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part V

Friendships with well connected Scots must have helped the career of Adam Smith,  example here is Friendship Number 1: Buccleuch Dynasty Scots often visited Paris.  Adam Smith was no exception, but he could not have spent so long in France without … Continue reading

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Adam Smith (1723 – 1790)

I have used the timeline from the BBC Timeline of British history which provide a flavour of what was happening during the lifetime of Adam Smith.  His father (same name) was a Judge Advocate after qualifying as a solicitor (called Writers at … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part VI

Friendship with David Hume, friendship No.2 The Scottish Enlightenment was characterised by a thoroughgoing empiricism and practicality where the chief values were improvement, virtue, and practical benefit for the individual and society as a whole. David Hume (1711 -1776) best friend … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part VII

Friendship with James Oswald, friendship No.3 James Oswald (1715 – 24 March 1769) The Oswald’s were a highly successful family and their wealth seems to have had three sources: trade, farming and coal. They also distinguished themselves in a number … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part VIII

16th to 18th century, the mood seemed to be that we were, as an island people, not going to be invaded ever again. Those who had wealth wanted to become richer, thus more influential and more powerful. Those with family … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part IV

The will of the people of Scotland was crushed so many times once they signed the Act of Union in 1707 due to the financial crash of the Darien debacle. Here is an important Act they designed to avoid being drawn … Continue reading

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