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MAN WHO WOULD BE SCOTS KING.

Balding pensioner Lord Buchan, who opposes the Devolution Bill, insists he is the true heir to the defunct Scottish throne.

Should we ever gain independence, he will stake his claim to the crown.

Lord Buchan's title - the 17th Earl of Buchan - dates back to 1469 and he claims to be a descendant of James VI, James I of England.

Last night Lord Buchan - full name Malcolm Harry Erskine _ took time out during a debate on the Devolution Bill to talk to the Daily Record. But the 67 year old admitted his chances were remote.

He said: "If Scotland became independent, it is much more likely to become a republic than a monarchy."

The Earl believes the Devolution Bill has been badly drafted and would inevitably lead to full independence.

He said: "I hope that does not happen. But if it does, I fully intend to establish my claim."

Scotland has no shortage of would-be monarchs.

Michael Stewart - or as his passport has it "HRH, Prince Michael James Alexander Stewart of Albany" - is convinced the crown belongs to him.

He makes his case in a 500-page book, The Forgotten Monarchy of Scotland. The former insurance broker lives in a one-bedroom flat in Edinburgh.

Ian Stewart Vernal - aka King Ian I - is a retired optician living in New South Wales.

He claims his late father, who emigrated to Australia from Renfrew, was confirmed as heir to the throne 30 years ago.

Then there is African tyrant Idi Amin, who once said: "If Scots want me to be their king, then I will be."
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Author:Oxley, Ken
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 22, 1998
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