The lion and the unicorn
were fighting for the crown
The lion beat the unicorn all around the town.
Some gave them white bread, and some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum cake and drummed them out of town.
The lion and the unicorn lyrics date from 1603 when King James VI of
Scotland became James I of England unifying the Scottish and
English crowns . The virgin Queen Elizabeth 1 named the son of
Mary Queen of Scots, James, as her heir. The new union of the two
countries required a new royal coat of arms combining those of
England which featured two lions, and Scotland, whose coat of arms
featured two Unicorns. A compromise was made thus the British coat
of arms has
one Lion and one Unicorn.