At least Shakespeare - following Holinshed, and presumably Boece and the
other Scottish chroniclers before him - was aware that Cumbria wasn't
English in the 11th century: see "Macbeth" Act 1 scene 4, where Malcolm, as
heir to the Scottish throne, is made "Prince of Cumberland".
Anyway, I always imagined the de-anglicising of the old county names
Westmorland to "Cumbria" in the 1970s must be a sign of some sort of
sentiment in the north-west of England. - And of course it was at the same
time that he mammoth "Strathclyde Region" was created in western Scotland
(ironically absorbing the Dal Riata heartland of Argyll as well as the more
authentically British Dunbartonshire and Lanarkshire) - not to mention the
replacement of the English-named counties in Wales by new units bearing
historical Welsh names ...
From: Cris Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 09 April 2002 15:56
Subject: North British vs. Welsh and Scottish
>That borders a we know them are less than a 1000 years
>old and in the case of Cumbria, is actual only part of England since about
>1080+ and not like the rest of the county under Normal rules since 1066 et
>I live in Cumbria, an area that may have Arthurian roots and connections,
>but it also seen a lot of post Roman kingdoms rise and fall, some were home
>grown ‘Celtic; tribes, but some were also Norwegian Vikings, and yet we are
>not even allowed to tell of the Celtic connections to this area because we
>Sheila of Eskdale Rocks!!!!!
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