When the states of England and Scotland combined in 1707, conditions were created whereby English nationalism could merge into British nationalism. With the expansion of empire, English nationalism was expressed through imperial-national discourses allowing English nationalists to claim non-English space when articulating what might be best understood as an Anglo-British nationalism. Accordingly, such discourses largely 'hid' what one might now understand as 'English nationalism' within a 'British' discourse of empire. The case of England illustrates that imperial discourses can become intimately bound up with the 'national' discourse of the nations at the core of the imperial structures. Accordingly, it is here argued that imperial and national discourse are not necessarily opposed to each other, but are able to feed into each other, affecting the manner in which ideas of the nation and empire are conceived and articulated.