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From the text:
"We had originally intended to go on to Magna Charta Island, a sweetly pretty part of the river, where it winds through a soft, green valley, and to camp in one of the many picturesque inlets to be found round that tiny shore."
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
when the charter of England's freedom got signed by King John , his mercenaries and warships left the shores of that island and the island got a new name "Magna charta island".
Three men in a boat