Tuesday, May 30, 2006

BBC NEWS | UK | Magna Carta tops British day poll

BBC NEWS | UK | Magna Carta tops British day poll

Nice to see that the day selected to celebrate "Britishness" is about England.

The English out there might like to know / remember that the Magna Carta starts as follows:-

JOHN, by the grace of God King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and Count of Anjou, to his archbishops, bishops, abbots, earls, barons, justices, foresters, sheriffs, stewards, servants, and to all his officials and loyal subjects, Greeting.

I don't quite see any mention of King of Scotland in there but never mind Scotland is just part of England isn't it.

The king of Scotland at that time was Alexander II or as sometime known Alasdair II. Not a bad name really.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There's no mention of Scotland in the Magna Carta because Scotland was a kingdom in its own right, separate from England, until James VI of Scotland inherited the English throne and became James I of England and Ireland in 1603. He was the first Monarch to call himself "King of Great Britain".