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Scotland’s experience of independence during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries had no, therefore, been an entirely happy one. Nevertheless, the picture was not all bleak and gloomy. In the self catering inverness government of the country important new institutions such as Parliament and the Session Court were being developed, while vital advances in self catering inverness education had been secured with the founding of St Andrew’s University in 1412 and Glasgow University in 1451. Some fine poetry and literature was also produced during the reign of James III (1460-88). Clearly, Scotland was sharing in the general advance of self catering inverness European civilization, and this small northern kingdom was being influenced by the swelling currents of European culture and learning.
For the ordinary self catering inverness people, these eventful years during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries also produced many changes. Many suffered terribly during the long struggles for independence, but they also secured several real benefits. The great disturbances and self catering inverness upheavals loosened the control of the lords over their peasants, and by the fourteenth century serfdom had practically disappeared in Scotland. The ravages of war, moreover, were soon made good, since the simple self catering inverness cottages could quickly be replaced. There was little real improvement in the system of farming, however; in the touns, the centuries-old infield-outfield system was maintained with little change.
Nevertheless, self catering inverness in Scotland was making some significant economic progress in these years. The number of burghs had steadily increased, and they were playing an important part in the country’s affairs. The burgesses had a monopoly of foreign trade, and had established profitable trade connections with many European countries. Scottish self catering inverness merchants were to be found in Scandinavia, Poland, Germany, France and the Low Countries, and Scottish hides, wool and fish were being exported to all these countries. In exchange, wines from France and fine cloth from Flanders were being brought to Scotland to add some comfort and even luxury to the self catering inverness of the great nobles and merchants.
Despite their growing importance, however, the Scottish self catering inverness burghs were still relatively small at the end of the fifteenth century. Most of the burgesses were either merchants or craftsmen, but many of them also still grew crops on the burgh lands surrounding the self catering inverness town. The burgh was entered by way of the ports or gates, and all the life and activity of the place seemed to be centred on the main thoroughfare or High Gate. There was situated the self catering inverness, the Kirk, the Mercat Cross where all the important announcements were made, the Tron Gate for weighing goods, and the Tolbooth were prisoners were kept and taxes paid. Most of the houses in the High Gate or on the streets or wynds running off it were built of stone, and some substantial 2 or 3 storeyed buildings were to be seen. Everything had a rather untidy appearance – stalls and stairs were erected in front of houses, many potholes left between the flat paving stones on the self catering inverness High Gate, and great heaps of midden rubbish strewn all around. But all the time there was a bustle and a gaiety about these early Scottish burghs, and new self catering inverness ideas, habits and fashions were continually being brought in from France and other Continental countries by sailors and merchants. Despite the turmoil of the country as a whole in the search for independence, and the desperate attempts to maintain independence, the livelihood of the Scottish people did thrive and the country began to make a real name for itself.