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I NOTE that the bookies’ choice for the name of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby, if a boy, is James. This would present an interesting case, in that the justification for seeming to favour England in numbering monarchs’ names ssince 1707 (Edward VII, Elizabeth II, etc) is sometimes given – by Winston Churchill among others – that the highest regal number in either kingdom (Scotland or England) is that which is adopted, not bias in favour of England.

This would mean that a child so named would become James VIII, not James III, and since it would apply to all his independent realms (as now), this would logically pertain even in the case of Scottish independence. But I ha’e ma doots.

James Robertson

Canongate

Edinburgh