posted on Dec, 31 2007 @ 10:20 AM
Having been born and bred in the North-West of England, I am Lancastrian English, which basically means English. However, the blood in my veins is
thoroughly Celtic, as my ancestry is a third English, a third Scottish, and a third Irish. Father was English (now deceased), mother is
Irish(maternal), Scottish (paternal). Thus, within UK borders I am English, beyond UK borders I am British, and that I feel is probably the more
accurate way to perceive me in regards to nationality.
However, I do not soley identify myself as English, although Englishness has been the main influence in my life, but bubbling just below this
Englishness are the Celtic influences which underpin my Englishness caricature and lean it more towards Britishness. The Scottish, Irish, and Welsh
influences play a vital and important role in shaping that Britishness, and although each separate identity has its own branch on the tree, it is the
whole tree one must fully appreciate, for it is the whole tree that is perceived internationally. The British character has been shaped by all
historical UK identities, and thus, in a contemporary context, all whom are born in the UK are British with a particular character flavour induced by
a ancestry leading back to one of the tree's branches.
Of course, this is a very generalistic perception of things, and does not take into account the influences from the wider cosmopolitan side of
Britain, because these smaller cosmopolitan influences have not been around long enough to dilute the main influences.