Tag Archives: Independence Referendum

Grand Orange Lodge in Scotland plan march in Edinburgh on 13 September–five days before the Scottish independence referendum

Orange Order March in Edinburgh 2011

ESS Honorary President, Professor Norman Bonney, writes about the significance of the planned parade in a posting in the London School of Economics British Policy and Politics Blog. Visit


For a video of an Orange Order parade in Edinburgh in 2009 visit http://bit.ly/1s8H5n9

The informative website of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland is at http://www.orangeorderscotland.com/

Church of Scotland Annual Assembly off with a bang

The 21 gun salute at 0920 at Edinburgh Castle on Saturday 17 May 2014 marking the commencement of the Annual General Assembly of the Church of Scotland was also a clear signal of the determination of the UK Government and monarchy as head of the UK armed forces to stand by obligations under the Acts of Union of 1701 ‘to maintain and preserve the True Protestant Religion and the presbyterian form of church government in Scotland’.

Scotland votes on the independence referendum on 18 September.

ESS welcomes the General Assembly to Edinburgh. While recognising the many contributions that the Church makes to Scottish life ESS argues that its many legal privileges are unjustified and need review.