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World How volcanoes helped create modern Scotland: Crop famine that led to country signing up to the 1707 Acts of Union with England was caused by tropical eruptions thousands of miles away, scientists claim

00:45  08 december  2019
00:45  08 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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How a volcanic eruption helped create modern Scotland . © Getty Crop failures that lead to Scotland signing up to the 1707 Acts of Union with England were caused by tropical volcanic eruptions thousands of miles away , scientists have claimed .

How volcanoes helped create modern Scotland : Crop famine that led to country signing up to the 1707 Acts of Union with England was caused by tropical eruptions thousands of miles away , scientists claim . First eruption in 1963 and second in 1965 led to climate cooling by 1.56 degrees.

a group of people posing for the camera: Scientists have suggested that Scotland decided to join England following a crop famine that wiped out 15 per cent of the population - caused by two tropical volcanic eruptions. (Pictured: The signing of the national covenant in Greyfriars, Edinburgh)© Provided by Daily Mail Scientists have suggested that Scotland decided to join England following a crop famine that wiped out 15 per cent of the population - caused by two tropical volcanic eruptions. (Pictured: The signing of the national covenant in Greyfriars, Edinburgh) Crop failures that lead to Scotland signing up to the 1707 Acts of Union with England were caused by tropical volcanic eruptions thousands of miles away, scientists have claimed.

When the two lava-chambers blew their tops within three years of each other, first in 1693 and then a second in 1695, the Caledonian temperature dipped by about 1.56C across Caledonia.

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signing up to the 1707 Acts of Union with England were caused by tropical volcanic eruptions thousands of miles away , scientists have The added cooling meant plants like wheat and barley did not grow properly, leading to a famine that killed up to 15 per cent of the country 's population.

The Acts of Union were two Acts of Parliament: the Union with Scotland Act 1706 passed by the Parliament of England , and the Union with England Act passed in 1707 by the Parliament of Scotland .

The added cooling meant plants like wheat and barley did not grow properly, leading to a famine that killed up to 15 per cent of the country's population.

Scientists came up with this perplexing theory after studying rings in ancient tree trunks that had become petrified after they fell into lakes and reservoirs.

Volcanoes alter the earth's climate by scattering ash and droplets of sulfuric acid into the atmosphere, which then spread around the globe.

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Scotland formally joined England with the Acts of Union (above) Over seven terrible years in the 1690s, crops failed, farming villages emptied, and severe famine killed up to 15% of the entire Now, researchers suggest volcanic eruptions thousands of kilometers away may have helped spark this

How the UK was forged from the unlikely union of rival nations. James I of England and VI of Scotland was determined to counter traditional English claims to British determination to maintain a Protestant succession led to the accession of the house of Hanover in 1714, a distant cadet line of the Stuarts. For the Irish, union lasted just over a century. The catastrophe of famine in the 1840s, the

a group of people posing for a photo: The volcanic eruptions caused the Caledonian temperature to dip by 1.56C, causing crops to fail. (Pictured: Starving families during the 1690s famine)© Provided by Daily Mail The volcanic eruptions caused the Caledonian temperature to dip by 1.56C, causing crops to fail. (Pictured: Starving families during the 1690s famine) These then reflect the sun's radiation, making the planet cooler.

When scientists analysed the rings, which show how much a tree has grown in a year, they found a clear growth restriction throughout seven years during the 1690s.

Publishing their work in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Dr Rosanne D'Arrigo said this cooling combined with unsophisticated farming technology, government policy encouraging grain exports and the failure to set up a Scottish colony in Panama in 1698 all led to the parliament's decision to join Great Britain.

Climate historian Francis Ludlow, from Trinity college Dublin, told Science Magazine that they had put forward a 'credible argument'.

However, he suggested that the most speculative link is that between the mid-1690s eruptions and political events that occurred a decade later.

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