More likely Scotland had much more to lose from their independence than to gain. What would they have gained by independence? They could have lost membership to the EU, or become a new member on compromised trade terms. I read that scotch accounts for 20% of their exports and that it's a British law that scotch whiskey can only be produced in Scotland, and that as part of trade agreements countries abide by this British law which may have changed in the case of independence with Scotland having little bargaining power. In addition RBS was threatening to relocate to England if the yes vote won. Sounds like a quick route to a 3rd world economy to me.