This is a map of Scotland in 1153, at the end of the reign of David I.
Note that where it says ‘England’; the line below it was then part of Scotland. The border moved north by 1286.
In fact, David I liked Cumbria so much, he moved his royal court to Carlisle.
So its with interest that I note an artist has erected a ‘Welcome to Scotland’ sign before people reach Carlisle travelling north.
The intention being to ‘reignite the debate’ as to whether Carlisle should be part of Scotland.
Its not been long since Berwick-upon-Tweed voted in an unofficial poll to join Scotland again.
Its nice to be popular, isn’t it.
We must be doing something right!