David Robertson Ross
"The Struggle Goes On"
"All the country is gotten into London, so as with time England will only beJames VI, c 1610
London and the whole country be left waste."
"If, therefore, posterity shall ask who broke down the bounds to those streams
of blood that have stained this earth; if they ask who made liberty captive,
truth criminal, rapine just, tyranny and oppression lawful; who blanched
rebellion with the specious pretence of the defence of laws and liberties, war
with the desire of an established peace, sacrilege and profaneness with the show
of zeal and reformation; lastly, if they ask who would have pulled the crown
from the king's head, taken the government off the hinges, dissolved monarchy,
enslaved the laws, and ruined their country - say t'was the proud, unthankful,
schismatical, rebellious, bloody city of London."
Mercurius Civilis, 1643
that Scotland suffered
"... the miserable and languishing condition of all places that depend upon a
remote seat of government."
Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun