By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (October 14, 2022) – In Issue 2022-184 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the turning over of authority and control in the land of the Scots.

It could be a Soap Opera

Scotland was untamed by the Romans, who erected a wall, Hadrian’s Wall, to keep the “savages” out.  The English subsequently controlled, then did not control Scotland.

700 years ago today, at the Old Byland, the Scottish were victorious over the English, paving the way to the acceptance of Scotland’s independence.  Robert the Bruce was the King of the Scots at that point.

With complicated inter-marriages between royal families, eventually James VI, King of the Scots inherited the English and Irish thrones and assumed control of the British Isles.  This, in a way, paved the way for the great British Empire from the 18th thru mid-20th centuries

In recent years, many Scottish, once again, want to go their own way.  Time will tell. 

Here is Tallis’s map of Scotland from 1851.

1851 map of Scotland (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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