Articles of Union with Scotland, 1707
HLRO Main Papers (28 January 1707, New Style calendar)


Articles of Union

Agreed on the twenty second day of July in the fifth year of the Reign of her most Excellent Majesty Anne by the Grace of God Queen of England, Scotland, France and Ireland Defender of the faith etc., and in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and six. By the Commissioner[s] nominated on behalf of the Kingdom of England under her Majesties Great Seal of England bearing date at Westminster the tenth day of April last past In Pursuance of An Act of Parliament made in England in the Third year of her Majestys Reign And the Commissioners nominated on the behalf of the Kingdom of Scotland under her Majesties Great Seal of Scotland bearing date the twenty seventh day of February last past. In Pursuance of the fourth Act of the Third Session of her Majesties Current Parliament of Scotland in the fourth year of her Majesties Reign To Treat of and concerning an Union of the said Kingdoms. Which Articles are in all humility to be presented to the Queens most Excellent Majesty and offord to the Consideration of the respective Parliaments of both Kingdoms pursuant to the said Acts and Commissions

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I. That the two Kingdoms of England and Scotland shall upon the first day of May next ensuing the date hereof and for ever after be United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain. And that the Ensignes Armorial of the said United Kingdom be such as her Majesty shall appoint. And the Crosses of St. George and St. Andrew be Conjoined in such manner as her Majesty shall think fit, and used in all Flaggs, Banners, Standards and Ensignes both at Sea and Land.
II. That the Succession to the Monarchy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and of the Dominions thereunto belonging after her most Sacred Majesty and in default of Issue of her Majesty Be Remain and continue to the most Excellent Princesse Sophia Electoresse and Dutchesse Dowager of Hannover and the Heirs of her body being Protestants upon whom the Crown of England is Settled by An Act of Parliament made in England in the Twelfth year of the Reign of his late Majesty King William the Third, Intituled An Act for the further Limitation of the Crown and better securing the Rights and Liberties of the Subject, And that all Papists and Persons Marrying Papists shall be Excluded from and for ever Incapable to Inherit, Possess or Injoy the Imperial Crown of Great Britain and the Dominions thereunto belonging or any part thereof. And in every such Case the Crown and Government
shall
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shall from time to time Descend to and be Enjoy'd by such Person being a Protestant as should have Inherited and Enjoy'd the same in case such Papist or Person Marrying a Papist was naturally dead according to the Provision for the Descent of the Crown of England made by one other Act of Parliament in England in the first year of the Reign of their late Majestys King William and Queen Mary, Intituled, An Act Declaring the Rights & Libertys of the Subject and Settling the Succession of the Crown.
III That the United Kingdom of Great Britain be Represented by one and the same Parliament to be Styld the Parliament of Great Britain.
IV That all the Subjects of the United Kingdom of Great Britain shall from and after the Union have full Freedom and Intercourse of Trade and Navigation to and from any Port or Place within the Said United Kingdom and the Dominions and Plantations thereunto belonging; And that there be a Communication of all other Rights, Privileges and Advantages which do or may belong to the Subjects of either Kingdom, Except where it is otherwise expressly agreed in these Articles
V That all Ships belonging to her Majestys Subjects of
Scotland
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