Tuesday, May 1

Three Hundred years of Great Britain


Three hundred years ago this day the Kingdom of Great Britain, made up of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland came into existence.
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You can read the text of the preface to the Act here and marvel at several Articles that give various extra rights and benefits to Scotland. No duty to be paid on windows, coals, malt, to name but a few. The royal burghs in Scotland, who had petitioned against the Union, retained their rights and privileges. Of course, money was dispatched to the Scottish Parliament to pay off various debts.
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There is a school of Scottish history (influenced, one is sad to say, by Hollywood films and Australian actors) that considers the Act of Union a piece of treachery. So it may be from one point of view - that of the people who lost their power to the new Parliament. But when one looks at the history of the Union, one cannot help feeling that both sides benefited extensively.
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Alas, it may be coming to an end. Or, at least so the SNP and its supporters say now. The Scottish devolution has made a mockery of the Act and there are now calls for a separate English parliament. (Of course, it would be quite nice if we would declare our independence from the European Union first.)
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Possibly, sanity will prevail and the glories of the Union of the United Kingdom will be recognized. Ah well, one can dream.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would very much doubt if many people know those facts-- I certainly didnt! Well done in highlighting the 300 yrs anniversary.

Reg Willdon said...

Not much of a mention of any of this in the Great British media!

Well done Troy - glad that your postings are on the ball !

Reg Willdon said...

Not much of a mention of any of this in the Great British media!

Well done Troy - glad that your postings are on the ball !