Berwick upon Tweed v Russia

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Posted by Laurence Monkhouse on July 04, 2005 at 18:23:31 from user Laurence_.

In Reply to: Re: Spelling, Spellcheckers posted by John Wilson on July 04, 2005 at 12:49:32:

It is said that in 1853 the (Crimean) War was declared on Russia in the name of the Kingdom which was then officially 'The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Town of Berwick upon Tweed'.

Berwick upon Tweed is on the northern - Scottish - side of the River but was captured and fortified as a border fortress by the English. After the accession of King James 1st and VIth, and even more after the Act of Union, this ceased to be of practical importance, but the distinction remained.

By the time the Peace Treaty was signed they had got a bit more up to date, recognised Berwick upon Tweed as part of England and ceased to mention it in official documents.

I wasn't in fact aware that Berwick upon Tweed had made peace with Russia.

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