To Bill Grant, MP on May 19th:
Dear Mr Grant
As my local MP, please raise my concerns, shared with others in Ayrshire, about the naming of a new Astute class submarine, ‘Agincourt.’ There are several reasons why this is a bad choice.
- The battle of Agincourt predates British history.
- The name is offensive to our NATO allies,France.
- The battle featured the slaughter of French prisoners of war.
- The battle was part of a piratical invasion of another state.
- The English army was led by a tyrannical, French-speaking, Anglo-Norman aristocracy, deeply unpopular back in England and Wales.
- There were Scots serving in the French army.
- Scottish/Ayrshire taxpayers contributed to the costs of this vessel.
There is nothing heroic about this name. Please join the protest against it.
Professor John Robertson
Reply from Bill Grant MP on May 21st:
By chance I met Gavin Williamson Minister for Defence this very morning, he advised as follows –
There have been 5 or 6 vessels named “Agincourt” over the last 300 years
The name is chosen by Naval / Defence staff
Her majesty is advised of the name chosen and her approval is sought
In the case of “Agincourt” for the astute class submarine, this has been approved by Her Majesty
Mr Williamson recalled somewhere in history, where a King at the time rejected the name “Cromwell “ for a naval vessel
Hope this is helpful.
Regards Bill Grant.
My follow-up on 22nd
I’m not sure why previous inappropriate practice and the Queen’s approval is an answer to my criticisms.
Do you feel you’ve done all you can?
Readers, should I pursue this? If so, how?