Interestingly enough, the Shetland Islands were under Norwegian
rule until Norway
succumbed to Denmark
in the fifteenth century. The new rulers didn't hold the island
s in such high regard as the Norweigan
s, so when the daughter of King Christian I
married the Scottish King James III
in 1468, the Shetland Islands were offered as part of her dowry
, with the remainder to be paid in cash. King Christian
soon realised was unable to scrape together enough money to pay the balance of the dowry
, so he turned the Orkney Islands
over to Scotland
in the following year.
On a legal note, the transaction of these islands was never formally completed, so, technically, they still belong to Norway. The question of ownership was last reviewed in 1667, without resolution.