Discover how Scotland became centre stage in seismic advances that rocked the entire world. Find out how the resplendent butterfly of Scotland emerged from the dark, dank, chrysalis of despotic leadership, clan barbarism and religious intolerance, to become the intellectual centre of Europe.
Learn how changes in religious thought in Scotland, together with revolutionary technological developments, altered her, and the entire world, forever.
Check out the main characters of the Scottish Enlightenment, the supremely talented individuals who made it happen, as if an angel had sprinkled fairy dust upon a chosen few; men such as David Hume, Adam Smith, Walter Scott, Dugald Stewart, Henry Home, Robert Adam, James Hutton, James Watt and many others.
Identify how the incubator of Enlightenment Scotland led to generational progress in so many areas such as philosophy, economics, commerce, trade, literature, medicine, education, geography, engineering, politics, the judiciary, architecture, politics, democracy, geology.
Prepare to be shocked about how Walter Scott duped his way into literary stardom worldwide; without Scott, Tolstoy would never have conceived War and Peace; without Waverley the historical novel may never have been born; without The Lady of the Lake, Highland Tourism may never have begun.
Be startled about how it was Scottish bankruptcy that led to what seemed to many to be the worst of all worlds, the Union with England in 1707, but which later led to Scotland’s salvation.
Be aghast when you learn that the current British Royal Family is descended from Portuguese, Germans, Muslims and people of colour.
Visualise the Nor Loch in what is now The New Town, from a vantage point opposite Register House at Edinburgh’s East End, learning how Old Edinburgh, with her network of filthy, shadowy, convoluted streets, would soon acquire a new reputation as one of Europe’s greatest cities.