Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Great Britain Definition:

England, Wales and Scotland, since 1707.

Related Terms: United Kingdom, Dominion

"The title ("Great Britain") was adopted when the two previous states (Scotland and England and Wales respectively) were combined in 1707, after sharing monarchs since 1603. Wales had been conquered by England in the 13th century and was legally and administratively combined with it in the 16th century."

This, from White and Willock's book.

Article 1 of the Union With Scotland Act, 1706:

"That the two Kingdoms of England and Scotland shall upon the First day of May which shall be in the year One thousand seven hundred and seven and for ever after be united into one Kingdom by the name of Great Britain And that the Ensigns Armorial of the said United Kingdom be such as Her Majesty shall appoint and the Crosses of St. George and St. Andrew be conjoyned in such manner as Her Majesty shall think fit and used in all Flags Banners Standards and Ensigns both at Sea and Land."


  • Union with Scotland Act 1706, 6 Ann Ch. 11
  • White, Robin and Willock, Ian, The Scottish Legal System, 2nd Ed. (Edinburgh: Butterworths, 1999), page 37-38.

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