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There is only one Act of Union in the context of Scottish history and that is the act passed in 1707 by the Scottish Parliament. As this article embraces both the English and Scottish Acts, the title should contain the date 1706 for the sake of accuracy and clarity (even though the article does explain that both Acts came into effect in 1707). Kim Traynor 22:04, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
Yes, and when is a year 1706 or 1707? The Union with Scotland Act 1707 was passed by the Parliament of Englandbefore the Union with England Act 1706 was passed by the Parliament of Scotland:- at that time the legal year began in Scotland on 1st January, but in England and the then colonies not until 25 March. Uniting the Kingdom 23:07, 13 February 2013 (UTC) + Qexigator (talk) 23:13, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
This is an extremely narrow view of what is meant by the idea of the history of a country. A country's history is not contained within its borders like air in a bottle. What the English Parliament did had a profound effect upon Scotland that continues to this day. That makes it part of Scottish history regardless of the fact that it took place in London. Poihths (talk) 01:36, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
Actually, the issue is more complex (but also simpler) than you're suggesting. It's not entirely a question of Old Style/New Style dating. Although the English act is often dated "1706", this is under a rather archaic legal convention that dates acts from the start-date of the Parliament in which they were passed, which may have been several months before they were in fact passed. These days, the more usual historical convention is to date them from the date on which they received the royal assent, which in the case of the English Act of Union was 6 March 1707 (or, if you prefer, 6 March 1706/7). Therefore, no problem. GrindtXX (talk) 21:09, 12 April 2013 (UTC)
Yes, well almost. The Scottish Act was passed first, in 1707. The English Act was passed later, and dated 1706. It's not Julian v Gregorian (both used the Julian calendar) but whether the year legally starts on 1 January (in Scotland) or 25 March (in England), so early March that year was already 1707 in Scotland but was still 1706 in England.
As GrindtXX observes, while the year legally began on 25 March ordinary parlance used 1 January, so period 1 January - 24 March was frequently cited as "1706/7". England was brought into line with Scotland at the Calendar (New Style) Act 1750, when the Empire accepted the Gregorian calendar. Hogweard (talk) 08:33, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
I don't know what this phrase is supposed to mean, so I can't correct it. Perhaps someone else can. "pensions and so forth not outwith the usual run of government." Poihths (talk) 01:28, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
It seems like plain ordinary English to me. Hogweard (talk) 13:08, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
Clearly a judgement call over how far back an 'historical background' should go. But a long term overview might suggest that the Union between Scotland and England was merely the closing chapter in a story of uniting British kingdoms which had been going on ever since the Romans had left more than a thousand years earlier. Both the Scotland and England of 1707 were themselves created by the progressive amalgamation or union of a multitude of earlier smaller British kingdoms, and the Union of 1707 could be described as simply the final event in a long-term historical process. Cassandra — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 11:30, 17 December 2014 (UTC)