Statutes of Iona impacted most aspects of Scottish life

In 1609, King James I for England tricked nine Scottish clan chiefs into captivity on the Island of Iona, where they were held until agreeing to submit to the Statutes of Iona, designed to break Scottish allegiance to their homeland and bolster British rule. Sarah Fraser of History Today has the story.

The Statutes attacked most tenets of Scottish life and culture including religion, language, education and self rule. Other statutes placed limitations on alcoholic beverages and bardic narratives.