I'm not sure if 'patriotic' is the right term but it'll do for now. I was planning to throw this up in the Scottish Independence thread but Sixty locked it up for the time being. It's something I've rarely thought about. Quite recently I got a bit of an education in my clan and all that. Turns out my family were the founding family of the Armstrong clan. At first, the history seemed great, as these things always do. A bit of further reading and a documentary on clans revealed that they were, essentially, a bunch of two-bit, sheep-stealing, murderous ***** who ran riot on the border between Scotland and England. And it got me thinking about my attitude towards Scotland as a whole. I've never really been much interested in being that pure-bred Scottish type. I like to cheer the football and the rugby team on even though we're shit but it's really just an excuse for a drink. I've never liked wearing a kilt, they're itchy, uncomfortable and impractical and they make you look like an arse in my opinion. I like the wee traditions, you know? Our thing with Hogmanay or Burns Night but really those are also just an excuse for a jovial piss up. It's nice but it's not overly Scottish. So we fought England hundreds of years ago after we invited Longshanks to come up and help sort us out because we were too busy fighting amongst ourselves first. That's the usual claim to fame, apparently standing up for our freedom and so forth but big deal. It happened ages ago and it's been insignificant since we've been a strong part of the UK for a long, long time now. I don't know. No doubt there are a lot of things I'm overlooking. Just curious; are you the 'patriotic' type of Scot? The kind who's proud of their country and gets a good kick out of watching Braveheart? Do you hover in the middle - somewhere amongst 'a wee bit of pride' - or are you just not really all that interested or fussed?