Idi Amin, the despotic ruler of Uganda from 1971 to 1979, had a strange fascination with the country of Scotland that led him to declare himself its king, according to the Scotsman. He sympathized with Scotland's previous struggles against the British, who he viewed as an enemy, and took many opportunities to attempt to offend the former colonial power.Continue Reading
Uganda was a protectorate of the British Empire before becoming independent in 1962, and when Idi Amin took over Uganda in 1971, he was not nostalgic about the country's colonial past. He became fascinated with the history of Scotland, which had rebelled against British rule centuries earlier. Amin even went so far as to create a Scottish band, sending men to the country to learn the bagpipes and having them dress in kilts and Scottish regalia for official events.
When Britain broke off diplomatic ties with the country, Amin declared himself Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa, and he offered Scotland to take on the role of their king and free them from oppression. Scotland never took him up on his offer, and his brutal regime came to an end before the decade ended. Idi Amin fled to Saudi Arabia, where he lived in exile until his death in 2003.Learn more about Modern Europe