radical nationalists who promise improvement. Radicals, hoping for instant success, turn to Russia for funding and cooperation.
Nationalist within the context of Scotland, Wales and Ireland does not have the same meaning as the word "Nationalist' in the European context. Looking towards Russia would simply never, never happen in Scotland.
the first Braveheart movie,although very entertaining,was just fiction. Very little truth in the story.
Braveheart was very "Hollywood" indeed and heavily fictionalized in places. However one can't deny the continued Scottish rebellions and struggle for independence, those are historic fact.
The people you met on the gemfields were truly interesting, though. Real characters of a kind that isn't around anymore these days.
I'm sure you know of Alby Mangels. I remember him mining for opals in one of his documentaries. The films are actually on YouTube but I saw them on Irish telly years ago :)