What's in a name?.
In the interest of full disclosure, I work for this shop and I'm not 100% Scottish! Neither are many of the customers. This is America, we are all multicultural and multi-heritaged. No matter *what* your heritage, if you love all things Scottish, Celtic or British, you are welcome!
And regarding the flag issue: It's because the owners *do* respect Ireland that the damaged flag was removed from view. And the fact is that the shop only has three spaces available for displaying large flags out front. There are six unique flags for Great Britain(Scotland, England, Wales, Cornwall, Ireland, and Isle of Man) so no matter which of these was chosen, the others would have been left out. Rather than make that choice, the flag of all of Great Britain was chosen.
A wonderful store! Filled with hard-to find specialty items and tea necessities at affordable prices. Treacle dabs, (if you've not tried one of these wonderful molasses chews, you're missing out!) GOOD tea, shortbread, brown betties--THE best teapot ever made!--with a friendly and knowledgeable staff!
Flags, kilts, obscure tartans--you can find it all here without buyer's remorse. Other shops take advantage of the limited competition and hike prices unmercifully. Scottish Country Shop is actually ethical and prices fairly!
When James VI King of Scots inherited the throne of England and was crowned as King James I of England in 1603, the crowns of the Kingdom of England (which since 1535 had included Wales) and the Kingdom of Scotland were united in a personal union through him. Despite this Union of the Crowns, each kingdom remained an independent state. On 12 April 1606, a new flag to represent this regal union between England and Scotland was specified in a royal decree, according to which the flag of England, also representing Wales by implication, and the flag of Scotland would be "joyned together according to the forme made by our heralds, and sent by Us to our Admerall to be published to our Subjects." The Court of the Lord Lyon, which has criminal jurisdiction in heraldic matters in Scotland, confirms that the Union Flag "is the correct flag for all citizens and corporate bodies of the United Kingdom to fly to demonstrate their loyalty and their nationality." [wikipedia.org]