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Re: The Bruce - but Why?
I suggest that the answer lies in the tradition in Scotland that a Laird is
prefixed "The" as a matter of courtesy, as in -for example- The MacNeil of
Barra. I don't know where this custom originated from, though.
I know that Scots peers are always prefixed thus, hence the Right Honourable
*the* Earl of Caithness.
----- Original Message -----
From: Judith Harper <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 25, 2000 9:07 PM
Subject: Re: The Bruce - but Why?
> While there is a thread about Robert the Bruce still active can anyone
> me why the said Robert was called Robert THE Bruce. One hears of others
> called e.g. Finlay OF Tannochbrae, but why ' THE Bruce'.
> I'm sure the answer will be perfectly simple and straightforward, but its
> one of those little things which have escaped me so far.
> Thank you
> Judith Harper
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> From: John S. Quarterman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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> Sent: Sunday, 26 March, 2000 4:57 AM
> Subject: Re: The Bruce
> > >March 25, 1306
> > >Robert the Bruce was crowned Robert I of Scotland. Robert I and his
> > >continued the struggle led by William Wallace against the
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