This page will be restructured in due course.

Great Britain

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gb3c GREAT BRITAIN comprises ENGLAND, SCOTLAND and WALES.

 

The island is said to have been called 'Great Britain' to distinguish it from 'Little Britain' which is Brittany (Bretagne), France. Strangely, the origin of the name is not clear. An explanation favoured by some is that it arose in Roman times (c383) when Maximus, a British King, was proclaimed Emperor by Roman troops garrisoned in Britain and expanded his territory into Brittany. [He succeeded quickly in his attempt to become Emperor but did not survive long, being killed in 388.] An explanation favoured by others is that it arose when some Britons fled from (Great) Britain into Brittany to escape from Saxon invaders c450. Others think it arose following the Norman Conquest (1066). Still others think that the British Isles were thought of originally (by whom is not known) as the Isles off Brittany, with Great Britain being called that simply because it is the biggest of the isles. Whatever its orgins, the name was not widely used until shortly after King James VI of Scotland became King James I of England (in 1603).

 

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Places

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This section provides information on various places in the British Isles. It will be developed over time to include at least one article on every region of the islands and will provide links to many specialist sites where more information may be found. If the number of articles/posts requires it, I will revert to dividing this Category into 5 different Subcategories as shown below.

UKf I use the normal definitions of the British Isles and their constituent parts as follows:The British Isles = Great Britain, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of ManGreat Britain = England, Scotland and Wales Ireland = Republic of Ireland (Eire) and Northern Ireland The United Kingdom = Great Britain and Northern Ireland

 

To start with I include pages on the following:

GREAT BRITAIN ENGLAND SCOTLAND A History of Scotland WALES IRELAND (not yet ready) MAPS  GBmap01 - The Counties of Great Britain  GBmap02 - Physical Map of the British Isles

 

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