Newsgroups: soc.culture.celtic
From: (Colin Wilson)
Subject: The status of Cornwall
Message-ID: <>
Organization: BT
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 1994 12:24:47 GMT

In article <>, David Wheeler writes:
|> Colin Wilson wrote:
|> >"Great Britain" is a geographical term encompassing several countries:
|> > Cornwall, England, Wales, Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.
|> 1. When did Cornwall secede from England? This is the first I've heard
|> of it.

Cornwall is a historic Celtic nation, with a Celtic language and associated culture.

It has a parliament, the Stannary, which can be summoned on the prerogative of the Duke of Cornwall.

A movement for Cornish independence exists, and finds expression through Mebyon Kernow, the Cornish national party.

De facto, Cornwall is governed as an English county, but that has no bearing on its position as a different country, just as Scotland remains a different country in spite of being governed as an annexed territory of England.

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