Squadrone Volante (Scotland)

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Squadrone Volante (from the Italian, meaning Flying Squadron) was the name of a political grouping in Scotland around 1700, under the leadership of the deposed Lord High Commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland John Hay, 2nd Marquess of Tweeddale,[1] which was influential in passing the Act of Union with England in 1707.

Although the actual grouping pre-dated 1705, it received the nickname squadrone volante in that year, as it was independent of the main Court and Country parties in the Scottish Parliament.


  1. ^ Riley, Patrick William Joseph (1978). The union of England and Scotland: a study in Anglo-Scottish politics of the eighteenth century. Manchester University Press ND. p. 143. ISBN 9780719007279.