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Thread #134391   Message #3059864
Posted By: Jim McLean
23-Dec-10 - 05:03 AM
Thread Name: Burns lyric query - 'And All That"
Subject: RE: Burns lyric query
I wonder why the monarchy has always taken English titles rather than British regnal numbers? We were taught the Union of the crowns took place in 1603 but that was actually a misnomer as James Succeeded dynasticaly to the Egnlish throne and became king of three countries, Scotland England and Ireland. it wasn't unitil the parliaments of England and Scotland united in 1707 that both countries became one kingdom but the English establishment carried on as if nothing had changed, hence the English regnal numbers ... James the second, not seventh, but Edward the Seventh etecera. If William succeeds to the throne he will be known as William the fifth whereas he should be William the fourth of Britain. If the Scottish people have woken up by then we should have no king atall!