The Info List - Treaty Of Union

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The TREATY OF UNION is the name given to the agreement that led to the creation of Great Britain , the political union of the Kingdom of England (which already included Wales
) and the Kingdom of Scotland , which took effect on 1 May 1707. The details of the Treaty were agreed on 22 July 1706, and separate Acts of Union were then passed by the parliaments of England and Scotland to ratify the Treaty and put it into effect.


* 1 Background * 2 Treaty negotiations * 3 Details of the Treaty * 4 Commissioners * 5 References * 6 Further reading * 7 External links


Queen Elizabeth I of England
Elizabeth I of England
(and of Ireland) died without issue on 24 March 1603, dissolving the Tudor dynasty
Tudor dynasty
. The throne fell immediately and uncontroversially to her double first cousin twice removed, King James VI of Scotland , a member of House of Stuart
House of Stuart
and son of Mary, Queen of Scots . He assumed the throne of the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Ireland
Kingdom of Ireland
as King James I in the Union of the Crowns in 1603. This personal union somewhat assuaged constant English fears of Scottish cooperation with France, especially in a hypothetical French invasion of Britain.

After that personal union , people widely discussed the idea of uniting the Kingdom of Scotland
Kingdom of Scotland
and the Kingdom of England. Nevertheless, Acts of Parliament attempting to unite the two countries failed in 1606, in 1667, and in 1689.

The Company of Scotland received an investment equal to one-quarter of all money circulating in the Kingdom of Scotland
Kingdom of Scotland
and sponsored the Darien scheme , an ill-fated attempt to establish a Scottish trading colony in the Isthmus of Panama . The colonisation began in 1698 and ended in a military confrontation with the Spanish in 1700; however, most colonists died of tropical diseases.

In the face of opposition by English commercial interests, the Company of Scotland raised subscriptions in Amsterdam, Hamburg and London
for the scheme.For his part, King William III had given only lukewarm support to the whole Scottish colonial endeavour. England was at war with France and hence did not want to offend Spain, which claimed the territory as part of New Granada.

England was also under pressure from the London-based East India Company , who were keen to maintain their monopoly over English foreign trade. It therefore forced the English and Dutch investors to withdraw. Next, the East India Company
East India Company
threatened legal action on the grounds that the Scots had no authority from the king to raise funds outside the king's realm, and obliged the promoters to refund subscriptions to the Hamburg investors. This left no source of finance but Scotland itself. This economic disaster for the investing Scottish elites diminished the resistance of the Scottish political establishment (i.e. the nobility) to the idea of political union with England.

The Scottish nobility ultimately supported the union despite some popular opposition and anti-union riots in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and elsewhere.


Deeper political integration had been a key policy of Queen Anne ever since she acceded to the throne in 1702. Under the aegis of the Queen and her ministers in both kingdoms, the parliaments of England and Scotland agreed to participate in fresh negotiations for a union treaty in 1705.

Each country appointed 31 commissioners to conduct the negotiations. The Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament
had originally begun to organise an election of the commissioners they would have nominated to negotiate on behalf of Scotland. However, in September 1705, the leader of the opposition Country Party, the Duke of Hamilton , after having attempted to obstruct the negotiation of a treaty, proposed that the Scottish commissioners be nominated by the Queen. The commissioners were nominated on the advice of the Duke of Queensberry and the Duke of Argyll .

Of the 31 Scottish commissioners who were appointed, 29 were members of the government Court Party and one was a member of the Squadron Volante . At the head of the list was Queensberry, and the Lord Chancellor of Scotland , the Earl of Seafield . George Lockhart of Carnwath , a member of the opposition Cavalier Party, was the only commissioner opposed to union. The 31 English commissioners, including government ministers and officers of state, such as the Lord High Treasurer , the Earl of Godolphin , the Lord Keeper , Baron Cowper , and a large number of Whigs who supported union. Tories were not in favour of union and only one was represented among the commissioners.

Negotiations between the English and Scottish commissioners began on 16 April 1706 at the Cockpit in London
. The sessions opened with speeches from William Cowper, the English Lord Keeper, and Lord Seafield, the Scottish Lord Chancellor, each describing the significance of the task. The commissioners did not carry out their negotiations face to face, but in separate rooms. They communicated their proposals and counter-proposals to each other in writing and there was a blackout on news from the negotiations. Each side had its own particular concerns. Within a few days, England gained a guarantee that the Hanoverian dynasty would succeed Queen Anne to the Scottish crown, and Scotland received a guarantee of access to colonial markets, in the hope that they would be placed on an equal footing in terms of trade.

After the negotiations ended on 22 July 1706, the acts had to be ratified by both Parliaments. Scottish proponents of union believed that failure to agree to the treaty would result in the imposition of union under less favourable terms, and English troops were stationed just south of the border and in Ireland as an "encouragement". Months of fierce debate in both capital cities and throughout both kingdoms followed. In Scotland, the debate on occasion dissolved into civil disorder, most notably by the notorious 'Edinburgh Mob'. The prospect of a union of the kingdoms was deeply unpopular among the Scottish population at large, and talk of an uprising was widespread. However the Treaty was signed and the documents were rushed south with a large military escort.

The united Kingdom of Great Britain
Kingdom of Great Britain
was born on 1 May 1707, shortly after the parliaments of Scotland and England had ratified the Treaty of Union by each approving Acts of Union combining the two parliaments and the two royal titles. Scotland's crown, sceptre, and sword of state remained at Edinburgh Castle. Queen Anne (already Queen of both England and Scotland) formally became the first occupant of the unified British throne, with Scotland sending forty-five Members to the new House of Commons of Great Britain , as well as representative peers to the House of Lords
House of Lords

Significant financial payoffs to Scottish parliamentarians were later referred to by Robert Burns
Robert Burns
when he wrote "We're bought and sold for English gold, Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation !" Some recent historians, however, have emphasized the legitimacy of the vote.


The Treaty consisted of 25 articles.

Article 1 states "That the Two Kingdoms of Scotland and England, shall upon the 1st May next ensuing the date hereof, and forever after, be United into One Kingdom by the Name Great Britain ."

Article 2 provided for the succession of the House of Hanover , and for Protestant succession as set out in the English Act of Settlement .

Article 3 provide for the creation of the one, unified, parliament of Great Britain .

Article 4 gave subjects of Great Britain freedom of trade and navigation within the kingdom and "the Dominions and Plantations thereunto belonging".

Articles 5 to 15, 17 ">


* William Cowper, 1st Baron Cowper , Lord Keeper of the Great Seal
Lord Keeper of the Great Seal
* Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin
Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin
, Lord High Treasurer
Lord High Treasurer
* Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke , Lord President of the Council * John Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle , Lord Privy Seal * Henry Boyle , Chancellor of the Exchequer
Chancellor of the Exchequer
* Sir Charles Hedges , Secretary of State for the Southern Department * Robert Harley , Secretary of State for the Northern Department * Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton * Thomas Tenison , Archbishop of Canterbury
Archbishop of Canterbury
* Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle
Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle
* Sir John Cook, Advocate-General * John Manners, Marquess of Granby * Sir Simon Harcourt , Solicitor General * Charles Montagu, 1st Baron Halifax * William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington * Sir John Holt , Lord Chief Justice * Evelyn Pierrepont, 5th Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull * Sir Edward Northey , Attorney General * Ralph Grey, 4th Baron Grey of Werke * Edward Russell, 1st Earl of Orford * Lord William Powlett * John Smith , Speaker of the House of Commons * John Somers, 1st Baron Somers
John Somers, 1st Baron Somers
* Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset
Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset
* Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland * Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend * Sir Thomas Trevor , Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
* Dr. Stephen Waller * Thomas Wharton, 5th Baron Wharton * Charles Powlett, Marquess of Winchester * John Sharp , Archbishop of York
Archbishop of York


* James Ogilvy, 1st Earl of Seafield , Lord Chancellor * James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry , Lord Privy Seal * John Erskine, 22nd Earl of Mar , Secretary of State * Hugh Campbell, 3rd Earl of Loudoun, Secretary of State * David Boyle, 1st Earl of Glasgow , Treasurer-depute * Lord Archibald Campbell * Daniel Campbell of Shawfield , MP for Inveraray * John Clerk of Penicuik , MP for Whithorn * Adam Cockburn, Lord Ormiston , Lord Justice Clerk
Lord Justice Clerk
* Sir David Dalrymple of Hailes, 1st Baronet , MP for Culross * Hew Dalrymple, Lord North Berwick , Lord President of the Court of Session * Robert Dundas, Lord Arniston , MP for Edinburghshire * Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin * Alexander Grant of that Ilk, MP for Inverness-shire * Sir Patrick Johnston, MP for Edinburgh * David Melville, 3rd Earl of Leven * George Lockhart of Carnwath , MP for Lanarkshire * Francis Montgomerie of Giffen, MP for Ayrshire * Hugh Montgomerie of Busbie, MP for Glasgow * William Morrison of Prestongrange, MP for Peeblesshire * James Douglas, 11th Earl of Morton * Sir Alexander Ogilvy of Forglen, 1st Baronet, MP for Banff * Archibald Primrose, 1st Earl of Rosebery * William Ross, 12th Lord Ross * William Seton of Pittmedden, MP for Aberdeenshire * Sir James Smollett of Stainflett and Bonhill, MP for Dumbarton * John Dalrymple, 1st Earl of Stair * Dougald Stewart of Blairhill, MP for Rothesay * Robert Stewart of Tillicoultry, MP for Bute * John Gordon, 16th Earl of Sutherland * David Wemyss, 4th Earl of Wemyss


* ^ Acts of Union 1707
Acts of Union 1707
parliament.uk, accessed 31 December 2010 * ^ Uniting the kingdom? nationalarchives.gov.uk, accessed 31 December 2010 * ^ Scottish Referendums BBC News, accessed 23 October 2008 * ^ Devine, T. M. (1999). The Scottish Nation 1700–2000. Penguin Books. p. 9. ISBN 0-14-023004-1 . From that point on anti-union demonstrations were common in the capital. In November rioting spread to the south west, that stronghold of strict Calvinism and covenanting tradition. The Glasgow mob rose against union sympathisers in disturbances that lasted intermittently for over a month * ^ "Act of Union 1707 Mob unrest and disorder". London: The House of Lords. 2007. Archived from the original on 1 January 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2007. * ^ The commissioners Archived 19 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine ., UK Parliament website. * ^ The course of negotiations Archived 21 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine ., UK Parliament website. * ^ Karin Bowie, "Popular Resistance and the Ratification of the Anglo-Scottish Treaty of Union," Scottish Archives, 2008, Vol. 14, pp 10-26 * ^ "The Jacobite relics of Scotland: being the songs, airs, and legends, of the adherents to the house of Stuart". Printed for W. Blackwood. 1 January 1819 – via Google Books. * ^ Allan I. Macinnes, "Treaty Of Union: Voting Patterns and Political Influence," Historical Social Research, 1989, Vol. 14 Issue 3, pp 53-61 * ^ The Treaty (act) of the Union of Parliament 1706, Scots History Online * ^ Daniel Defoe, George Chalmers, The History of the Union Between England and Scotland, 1923, p.112 * ^ Doctor of Law , fourth son of Edmund Waller , (Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons, By Edmund Waller, with An Account of the life and writings of Edmund Waller, printed for Jacob Tonson , in the Strand, 1722, and The history of Scotland, from the union to the abolition of the heritable jurisdictions in MDCCXLVIII, John Struthers , Blackie, Fullarton,