Parliament of Scotland

Parliament Of Scotland


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The Parliament of Scotland, officially the Estates of Parliament, was the legislature of the Kingdom of Scotland. The unicameral parliament of Scotland is first found on record during the early 13th century, with the first meeting for which a primary source survives (referred to, like the contemporaneous Parliament of England, as a colloquium in the surviving Latin records) at Kirkliston (a small town now on the outskirts of Edinburgh) in 1235, during the reign of Alexander II of Scotland.K. Brown and R. Tanner, History of the Scottish Parliament, i, 'introduction'.

The parliament, which is also referred to as the Estates of Scotland, the Community of the Realm, the Three Estates (), the Scots Parliament or the auld Scots Parliament (), met until the Acts of Union which dissolved the Parliament of Scotland, replacing it with the Parliament of Great Britain in 1707.

The pre-Union parliament was long portrayed as a constitutionally defective body that acted merely as a rubber stamp for royal decisions, but research during the last decade has found that it played an active role in Scottish affairs, and was sometimes a thorn in the side of the Scottish crown.Brown and Tanner, passim; R. Tanner, The Late Medieval Scottish Parliament, passim; K. Brown and A. Mann, History of the Scottish Parliament, ii, passim

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