Scotland and the Jacobean Union of 1604-7

Understanding Scotland and England: Scotland and the Jacobean Union of 1604-7

Understanding Scotland and England: Scotland and the Jacobean Union of 1604-7

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The History of Parliament continues its series on English/Scottish relations through the centuries as Scotland prepares for a vote on independence. In this post, Dr. Alan MacDonald describes the Jacobean Union of 1604-1607 between England and Scotland.

On 11 August 1604, a parliament at Perth passed the ‘Act anent the unioun of Scotland and England’, completing a process that began three years previously. In merely abolishing hostile laws, establishing cross-border legal arrangements and opening up commercial interaction between the two realms, it was a pale shadow of what the king had sought.


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