'Scottish historians no longer based their research and their conclusions on the premise that what had happened in Scotland was, by its very nature, subordinate to what had happened in England, or that its relationship to English history was like rough pasture lying outwith the landscaped garden. In these circumstances it became impossible for there to be only one narrative about the country, and impossible for all the competing narratives to be kept separate from contemporary political developments. Revisionism was everywhere. Nothing was sacred or untouchable. Scottish history became disputed and disputable in a way that it had not been for decades, perhaps even for a century.'
In this essay James Robertson explores the relationship between Scotland's past, its present and its future, and how the passage of time affects our understanding, or imagining, of all three.