The Scottish Democrats was a populist Scottish political party that existed between 1992 and 2009.
Founded on April 15, 1992 by Eric Mulholland, a former Reform Party cabinet minister. The party took political stances from across the political spectrum, including opposition to immigration, support for electoral reform, increasing the size of parliament as well as having a pro-republican stance (subject to a referendum).
The party reached its peak at the 1995 election, winning 7 seats. Mulholland led the party into coalition with the Reform, Centre and Conservative parties. In government the party moved sharply to the right on economic issues, becoming staunch supporters of privatisation and a flat tax.
The party was reduced to two seats at the 1999 election, both held only very narrowly.
The Democrats benefitted from the Reform party collapse at the 2003 election, winning 6 seats.