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Scotlandshire is a term used[1][2][3] to denote either the anglicisation of Scotland or the subordinate political relationship with England that some perceive Scotland as having. It is recorded as early as 1706 in James Hodges' anti-Union Third Treatise.[3]

By placing the suffix -shire after the country's name, the term attempts to parody the early modern tendency to place the word -shire after some ancient Scottish regions, as well as implicating in a tongue-in-cheek manner that Scotland has the status of an English county, rather than that of a distinct nation. Hence, the term is political in nature.

Several historic regions of Scotland have at times had the suffix -shire added when Scotland broadly adopted English-style county councils during the 19th Century.

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  1. ^ The Scottish World: History and Culture of Scotland;p.168; by Harold Orel, Marilyn Stokstad, Henry Leonard Snyder, Published 1981 Abrams; ISBN 0-8109-1630-4
  2. ^ Old Men in Love: John Tunnock's Posthumous Papers; p.146; By Alasdair Gray; Published 2007 Bloomsbury; ISBN 0-7475-9353-1
  3. ^ a b Scotland's Relations with England: A Survey to 1707; p.243; By William Ferguson; Published 1994 Saltire Society; ISBN 0-85411-058-5