It would be impossible to exaggerate the importance of this Petition, upon which, I passionately believe, the future of the Scots language, spoken by an estimated 30% of Scotland's population, may largely depend.
SCOTS LANGUAGE PETITION
TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
"Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to extend Question 16 and amend Question 18 of Section 4.8.3 Language in "Scotland's Census 2011 - Recommendations on Content", as set out or similar to that shown below right, to ensure democratic representation of the Scots language and protect the cultural / linguistic rightsof Scotland's estimated 1.5 million Scots speakers".
PETITIONER Marguerite Cruickshank with the support of
Moray Tourism Development Group Keith & Strathisla Regeneration Partnership
Keith Tourism Action Group
Keith Community Council
Strathisla Community Council Aberdeen & Region Oral History Association
Fit Aboot Us? (What About Us?)
(Scotland's estimated 1.5 million Scots Speakers)
Planning for Scotland's Census 2011 is well under way, but sadly, yet again, as will be seen below, the language has not been democratically represented. As matters stand at present (23 November 2009) thecurrent layout (below left) is to be put before the Scottish Parliament by the General Register Office for ScotlandTHIS MONTH and voted on in JANUARY 2010. The layout (below right) or something very similar, is WHAT SCOTS LANGUAGE SUPPORTERS WOULD LIKE TO SEE.
This impassioned plea is an attempt to harness support for our vibrant, distinctive and much-loved language (1) to ensure democratic representation, (2) as a fitting legacy of Homecoming Year and lasting tribute to Burns, (3) as a hugely important first step in increasing the confidence of Scots speakers and (4) to ensure that discrimination in the classroom against Scots speaking children will eventually be consigned to history.
Promises were made and broken in 2001. Without accurate data, it will be impossible to plan for the language's future. Being properly represented in the Census is therefore crucial to its survival.
To Register Your Support The e-Petition below invites you to support the above by adding your name and address. Please note that: (1) Although your name and address will be submitted to the Public Petitions Committee, only your name, town and country can be viewed on-line. (2) Your signature may not appear for approx 48 hours.
(3) Although your support will not be acknowledged, it is very much appreciated.
Name: Marguerite Cruickshank from KEITH Scotland Name: Pam MacKinnon from Edinburgh Scotland Name: Kerry Maver from KEITH Scotland Name: Keith Maver from KEITH Scotland Name: june dickie from keith scotland Name: ryan rodger from keith scotland Name: Marina Alexander from Insch Scotland Name: Esther Green from Keith Scotland Name: Phyllis Nelson from Lanark Scotland Name: cameron Gill from caledon East canada Name: kathleen mackie from keith scotland Name: william mackie from keith scotland Name: Allan Campbell from Brisbane Australia Name: Alexander watt from Cincinnati USA Name: bill hutchison from LORGUES France Name: Susan Munroe from Sydney Australia Name: Jeanette Wright from Chapleau Ontario canada Name: Coby Jamieson Draper from Napa, California USA Name: Jackie Cloves from Glasgow Scotland Name: June M Maver from Keith Scotland Name: Alexandria Duffy from Williston Park NY USA Name: christopher mcpherson from keith scotland Name: Edna Reith from London UK Name: Rhona Patterson from Keith Scotland Name: Jane Dekker from Kinloch Rannoch SCOTLAND Name: Lois Bee from Dufftown Scotland Name: Adeline Reid from Keith BANFFSHIRE Name: SANDRA HORYSKI from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Name: christie flum from petaluma US Name: Keith Morrison from Keith Scotland UK Name: Ian Thain from Keith Scotland Name: Robert J.Hedgeman from Delmar,New York U.S.A. Name: Len Murray from Milngavie Scotland Name: Graham Innes from Aberdeen Scotland Name: Linda Roy from Keith Scotland Name: Lisa Medendorp from Oostburg United States Name: Dorothy McHugh from Dundee Scotland Name: Lise Leveillee from Montreal West Canada Name: connor sinclair from crieff scotland Name: Jeffery Charles Keith from Madill, Oklahoma Marshal Name: Glen Allardyce from Toronto Canada Name: william wood from aberdeen uk Name: Maureen Crossley from Dundee Scotland Name: Kenneth Turnbull from Lindenhurst USA Name: Kim Skirving from Loanhead Britain Name: Catriona Gough from Maizilly France Name: Leana J Hughes from Grande Prairie, AB Canada Name: joyce thain from KEITH United Kingdom Name: Kira Grassick from Aberdeen Grampian Name: joyce thain from KEITH United Kingdom Name: Anne Caluwaert from High Springs, Florida USA Name: Philip Wood from Keith Scotland Name: Sheila Wood from Keith Scotland Name: Ashley Brand from Stonehaven SCOTLAND Name: Malcolm Dow from Stonehaven SCOTLAND Name: Anne Macpherson from Hudson, NY USA Name: Ian Whitelaw from Penicuik United Kingdom Name: Karl Rucker from los angeles ca U,S,A Name: Irvine Henderson from Chester-le-street England Name: Kim Cruickshank from KEITH Scotland Name: Kevin Gray from KEITH Scotland Name: Charles Robertson from Dunoon Alba Name: Sheena T Thain from FIFE-kEITH SCOTLAND Name: Terri Skeoch from Cambria, California USA Name: Violet Brand from Huntly Scotland Name: Robbie Clark from Huntly Scotland Name: Fiona Holland from Kinross Western Australia Name: walter snedden from balloch scotland Name: Matthew Fitt from LANARK Scotland Name: Deborah Ann Barnum from Chicago IL Name: David Sibbald from Stirling Scotland Name: GILLIAN CARROLL from Drumoak Banchory Scotland Name: Margaret Kerr from Goulburn Australia Name: Sean McEwan from North Wales USA Name: Mandy McDermott from Aberdeen Scotland Name: Bill Hill from Edinburgh United Kingdom Name: Duncan Cartwright from Burghead Scotland Name: Lionel McClelland from Moffat Scotland Name: alexander mcdougall reynolds from bonhill scotland Name: Jim Robertson from Berlin Germany Name: Ken from Wegberg Germany Name: peter smith from keith banffshire Name: Marianne Doig from Edinburgh Scotland Name: Kevin Strathdee from KEITH Scotland Name: George P Littlejohn from ELGIN. Moray. SCOTLAND Name: Laura Thorburn from Musselburgh East Lothian Name: Robert Fairnie from Musselburgh Scotland Name: Graeme Cruickshank from Keith Scotland Name: lesley morrison from keith bonnie scotland Name: Lorna Baird from Bathgate Scotland Name: GORDON STRATHDEE from KEITH SCOTLAND Name: Elaine Marshall from Orpington Kent Name: James Logie from Keith Scotland Name: Jane Cotton from Keith Scotland Name: Kay McLennan from Broxburn Scotland Name: June Simpson from Keith SCOTLAND Name: Davy Lees from Motherwell Bonnie Scotland Name: Anne Cameron from Keith SCOTLAND Name: Calum Grant from Buckie Scotland Name: Moira Coen from Buckie Scotland Name: Alastair Kennedy from Elgin United Kingdom Name: A K Donald from Banff Scotland Name: Rosemarie Rounce from Essex England Name: Kirsten Campbell from Elgin Scotland Name: Kevin Campbell from Keith UK Name: Ian Middleton from Lumphanan Scotland Name: Ian Ross from Aberdeen Scotland Name: mary deans from aberdeen aberdeenshire Name: Claire Mann from Stonehaven kincardineshire Scotland Name: Elaine Muir from Keith Scotland Name: Jean-Loup LE CUFF from GosnÚ Breizh/ Britanny Name: Kathleen Edward from Elie SCOTLAND Name: Helen Steven from Washago Canada Name: james Spence from edinburgh Scotland Name: Nomita from Victoria Canada Name: shirley lindridge from keith scotland Name: Jennifer Baird from huntly scotland Name: Carolle Ralph from lossiemouth United Kingdom Name: Hugh Bryden from Dumfries Scotland Name: Derek Samson from Keith scotland Name: Christine De Luca from Edinburgh Scotland Name: Susan Moggach from KEITH SCOTLAND Name: Robert Henderson from Edinburgh Scotland Name: FIONA SMITH from BUCKIE SCOTLAND Name: morley dornan from aberdeen scotland Name: Ian Cameron from Inverurie Scotland Name: Eleanor Turner from Elgin Scotland Name: alison from aberdeen uk Name: CJ Kitts from Seattle USA Name: Margaret McGowan from Edinburgh Midlothian Name: Ricky Scott from Keith Scotland Name: miriam haywood from elgin scotland Name: Donna Gray from Edinglassie, STRATHDON UK Name: William J C Dunlop from Edinburgh Scotland Name: Dustin Craig from Siloam Springs AR USA Name: fiona forbes from Huntly aberdeenshire Name: William Pitt from Buckie Scotland Name: Joanna Strathdee from Huntly Scotland Name: Helen Cowie from Cedar VAlley Canada Name: Gordon Cruickshank from Keith Scotland Name: Nom Simpson from Gartly Scotland Name: Darren Sharp from Huntly SCOTLAND Name: Irene Brown from Edinburgh Scotland Name: Bob Hector from KEITH United Kingdom Name: elma fraser from PORTGORDON U K Name: Jean Rattray from Dundee Scotland Name: Lorraine Wilderspin from Hopeman Scotland Name: Kathleen Procter-Moore from Eagle Heights Australia Name: Danielle Miron from Lachute, Qc Canada Name: Hannah Travaglini from Waikiki Australia Name: Isabel Cheer from Kelso Scotland Name: boyd forbes from huntly scotland Name: Alan Stewart from Keith Scotland Name: Kirsten Easdale from Helensburgh Scotland Name: charles cameron from keith Scotland Name: Geoff Crolley from New Cumnock, Cumnock Scotland Name: Lorraine McHardy from KEITH SCOTLAND Name: Pearl Paul from Rothes Scotland Name: Fiona Wallace from Keith Scotland Name: Margo Howe from Fochabers,Moray Scotland Name: Alexis Gordon from Aberdeen Scotland Name: Seonaid Clark from Old Town Scotland Name: Don Esslemont from Palmerston North New Zealand Name: Ron Smith from Rome ish Italy Name: Margaret Otto from LAWNTON Australia Name: Sandy Mathers from LAURENCEKIRK Scotland Name: Ken McLennan from Deep River Canada Name: JOHN BRUCE from KEITH SCOTLAND Name: Jan Morrison from Brendale, Brisbane. Qld Australia Name: susan hutcheon from keith scotland Name: Diane Halley from Banffshire United Kingdom Name: Tom Hamill from Rochedale South Australia Name: Robert George from Buckie Scotland Name: Garry Riddoch from Inverness United Kingdom Name: N Jmaieson from Buckie Scotland Name: Fiona-Jane Brown from Aberdeen SCOTLAND Name: R Cargill from Buckie Scotland Name: Russell Maddock from Brisbane Australia Name: Lynette Maddock from Keperra Australia Name: Peter from Dunfermline,FIFE Scotland Name: John Ferguson from Manly, Sydney Australia Name: isabel harrar from Wheeling, WV usa Name: Craig Mcintosh from Cuminestown Turriff Scotland Name: avril taylor from Fraserburgh Scotland Name: Jean Moir from Inverurie Aberdeenshire Name: Mike Lawson from Buckie Scotland Name: Norman MacL. Stewart from Lossiemouth Scotland Name: Elizabeth MCDonald from keith Scotland Name: Alison Smith from BANFFSHIRE Scotland Name: Lorna Summers from Macduff Scotland Name: Marr from Lincoln Eng Name: Francois Fournier from Aberdeen Scotland - UK - EU Name: David Allan from Blackburn Scotland Name: Margaret Spiers from Turriff Scotland Name: Brenda Noble from Duncraig, Perth Australia Name: Graham Legge from Boyndie, Banff Scotland Name: Lorna Smith from Bishopton Scotland Name: Ian Russell from Aberdeen Scotland UK Name: JosÚ Solera from Zaragoza Spain Name: Tom Spiers from Turriff Scotland Name: Graeme Sutherland from Portsoy Scotland Name: David Younie from Aboyne Scotland Name: Margaret Ingram from New Elgin Elgin Scotland Name: Carolyn Furst Clark from Douglas, Michigan USA Name: Dr. James M. Clark from Douglas, Michigan USA Name: Jacqueline MacLennan from Aberdeen Scotland Name: Betty Grant from Edinburgh Scotland Name: barbara fitzgerald from linlithgow scotland Name: Derek Summers from Macduff Scotland Name: ken ross from INVERNESS Scotland Name: Kathleen Smith from Gardenstown, Banff Scotland Name: Annette Hermse from Skye Scotland Name: Les Chalmers from ABERCHIRDER Scotland Name: Willie Still from Aberdeen Scotland Name: j.jamieson from fraserburgh scotland Name: Genine McMurray from ABERDEEN Scotland Name: Ann Ross from Inverness Inverness-shire Name: Steven Strowger from Aberdeen Scotland Name: norman. thomson from wick. caithness scotland Name: Michaela Finnigan from Edinburgh Scotland Name: Mary Knox from Ratho Station Scotland Name: Isobel Milne from Alford Scotland Name: William JC Goodfellow from Monaco Monaco Name: Mary Brown from Cullen Scotland Name: Kenneth Hermse from Dunvegan Scotland Name: Mike Swanson from Kemnay Scotland Name: Steve Robb from Aberdeen Scotland Name: John McGregor from Aberdeen Scotland Name: JANE DUNCAN from ABERDEEN SCOTLAND Name: Gordon Strathdee from Keith Scotland Name: Leonie Pringle from Woombye Australia Name: Jennifer Duncan from Kintore Scotland Name: R M D McWilliam from Edinburgh Scotland Name: Sean Cairney from Coogee, Sydney Australia Name: Keith King from Essex UK Name: Gary Strachan from Thurso Scotland Name: Gordon Streets from Inverness Scotland Name: Debbie Reid from Fraserburgh Scotland Name: Gail Robertson from Peterhead Scotland Name: val mclennan from lossiemouth Scotland Name: Brian McKie from STRANRAER Scotland Name: Douglas Wilson from MADRID Spain Name: Henry Bruce from Wallangarra, Queensland Australia Name: Julie Oakes from Cleveland, Brisbane Australia Name: Katrina Buchan from KEITH Scotland Name: Caitlyn Bowie from KEITH Scotland Name: Saffron Bowie from KEITH Scotland Name: Grace Bowie from KEITH Scotland Name: Stewart Cree from Keith Scotland Name: Felicity Keefe from Aberdeen Scotland, UK Name: Editha McQueen CAMPBELL from Eastleigh UK Name: Isobel Balfour from Montgarrie, Alford Scotland Name: Gwenda Michielsen from Keith Scotland Name: Allan Wares from adelaide Australia Name: Andy Gorrie from Queensland AUSTRALIA Name: Evalyne Cowie from Keith Scotland Name: Paul Hird from CO Durham England Name: Keith Bruce from Fraserburgh UK Name: Rene Looper from Forres Scotland Name: COLIN HALLEY from KEITH SCOTLAND Name: Adrian Bay from Oshawa Canada Name: Betty Thomson from SALINE Scotland Name: Sandy Lumsden from Aberdeen Scotland Name: Steve Allan from Ashfield Scotland Name: Jan walker from Frankston victoria Australia Name: John Mair from Foggieloan Scotland Name: Dennis Forbes from Cambridge U K Name: Carie McLeod from LANARK Scotland Name: Patrick Friar from LANARK Scotland Name: Antony Bidonde from Prescott USA Name: Ronald Smith from 3 3 Name: Allan Morrison from Brendale Australia Name: june duncan from Inverness SCOTLAND Name: David McGill from Edinburgh Scotland Name: Stephan from Dortmund from Dortmund Germany Name: Helen Emma Hall from Coquitlam Canada Name: George Manson from Elgin Scotland Name: Christina Craig from Kanata, Ontario cANADA Name: Alison Stewart from Gartly, Huntly Scotland Name: Sylvia Duncan from Aberdeen Scotland Name: Kevin Hendry from Aberdeen Scotland Name: Sion Duncan from Aberdeen Scotland Name: Betty Brighton from Inverurie Scotland Name: Phyllis Beveridge from Deception Bay Australia