Is Scotland a county in England?

Scotland is a separate country within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Until 1707 Scotland and England were both independent countries, but in 1707 The act of union created the united Kingdom, Scotland and England legally ceased to exist, Wales was considered part of England having been conquered during the 13th and 14th centuries. In reality both countries kept their individual identities, although many English people and those from overseas came to see England and the UK as being synonymous. In 1999 Scotland achieved devolution, which means there is now a Scottish parliament dealing with matters that affect Scotland, whereas before these matters were dealt with by the overwhelmingly English Westminster parliament.