Treaty with Scots – Scheme to Unite England and Scotland
On 1 July 1543, the diplomatic efforts with the Scots bore some fruit – sour fruit, as it turned out later. England and Scotland agreed a treaty, the Treaty of Greenwich, which became known as the Treaties of Greenwich – it incorporated the two agreements.
The concept was to unite both kingdoms. The first part of the treaty would create peace between the kingdom of England and the kingdom of Scotland.
The second part was the marriage of the future Edward VI and Mary Queen of Scots. The concept here was for Mary, for the time being, to live in Scotland but in the company of an English nobleman and his wife. Later, when she reached the age of ten, she would be removed south to live in England. Then, when she was considered old enough to be married, she would become Edward’s wife and unite the two kingdoms in marriage. Within the treaty was the provision for the kingdom of Scotland to maintain its laws.