Evidence Indicates The Scots Fought Dirty, Are You Surprised?

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The Scots have a long history of fighting. Oftentimes the enemy has been English, but other times the enemy has been each other. But almost all the time, the fighting is dirty. In the city of Aberdeen, medieval records show that people fought using the most bizarre means possible. You know, like throwing urine and feces at one another.

These documents, known as the burgh documents, were lost for over 200 years until Jack Armstrong of the University of Aberdeen unearthed them.

In order to understand the impetus for this dirty fighting culture, you have to revisit Scotland's arduous history. They arrived from Ireland in 500 AD, started a capital in Dunadd, and eventually made Kenneth Mac Alpine, King of the Scots at Dunadd, also King of the Picts, ruling over central and northern Scotland.

Trouble started in the late 13th century when Edward I of England conquered Scotland and initiated a power struggle under William Wallace—remember that movie? The fight went on and on, eventually gaining Scotland their freedom. The famous Declaration of Arbroath in April 1320 stated, "For as long as one hundred of us shall remain alive we shall never in wise consent to submit to the rule of the English, for it is not for glory we fight, for riches, or for honours, but for freedom alone, which no good man loses but with his life." National freedom is a major theme for Scotland and it's remained such through time.

In 1603, the struggles with England appeared to quell, as Elizabeth I died and James VI of Scotland became the King of both England and Scotland.

This displacement of the Scots would make them a fierce bunch willing to battle using any means possible, especially when inebriated.

It wouldn't be a leap to connect Scottish fighting with their intake of alcohol. This is one facet of Scottish life that has never changed and never will change. As recently as 2015, sales of alcohol were 20% higher in Scotland versus in England and Wales. There's also been a somewhat alarming trend among the Scots, that of home drinking. Instead of using alcohol as a social vehicle, people are retreating to their residence and drinking on their own accord. Not good.

Also in 2015, 74% of alcohol was sold through off-sales which is 20% more than England and Wales—the equivalent of 477 pints per adult. Should we attempt to rectify this problem? Or simply leave it alone, resigning ourselves to the fact that it is simply life in Scotland?