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St Andrew's Day


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During a 9th century battle with the English, the Scots saw a cloud shaped like a saltire – a diagonal, equal-limbed cross – in the blue sky, and declared that St Andrew was watching over them. They won the battle.

In 1320 Scots affirmed in the Declaration of Arbroath that Scotland had converted to Christianity through the inspiration of St. Andrew, and they declared what lay deep in their hearts -

It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.

The Scots have stood shoulder to shoulder with fellow Brits and defended freedom. Their scientific achievements, innovative ideas, and enterprise have helped to build the best of the modern world.

Some say that Scots lack the gift of gab, but this does not seem to apply to their political class.

Seriously, dear Scots, we rejoice with you.