An essay on the Scottish Parliament for the
period 1690 to 1702, must either confine itself
to the purely constitutional aspects, or else
proceed from constitution to a history of legislative
achievement; thence to place the revitalised
Parliament side by side with those bodies, to
which formerly national interests converged.
To give only constitution is to make the Revolution
Parliament but a renovated reproduction of the
assemblies of the previous years. To include
achievement and victory over all rivals, is to
give the history of Parliament its rightful place
as the nation's history. Constitution aids
achievement, achievement confirms constitution,
and personality welds the whole.