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Member of the Scottish Parliament takes oath of allegiance in Welsh

13 May 2021 2 minutes Read
Rachel Hamilton taking the oath

A member of the Scottish Parliament has taken the oath of allegiance in Welsh for the first time.

Rachael Hamilton is a Scottish Conservative Party politician who has served as the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire since 2017.

She was born in Brecon and attended St. David’s Ursuline Convent and Hereford Technical College. In 2008, she became the Director of the family hospitality business based in the Scottish Borders.

Members have been sworn in in a range of languages this morning including BSL, Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Doric, Scots, Gaelic, Canadian French, German, Welsh, Orcadian and Zimbabwean Shona.

The oath in Welsh is: “Yr wyf i, yn tyngu y byddaf yn ffyddlon ac yn wir deyrngar i’w Mawrhydi y Frenhines Elizabeth yr Ail, ei hetifeddion a’i holynwyr, yn unol â’r gyfraith. Cynorthwyed Duw fi.”

An earlier version of the Welsh language was spoken in ‘Yr Hen Ogledd,’ present day Edinburgh, where the Scottish Parliament is based. In the epic Welsh poem Y Gododdin there is a reference to Din Eidyn, “the stronghold of Eidyn”.

Edinburgh is called Caeredin in Welsh and this fortress has been generally assumed to refer to the rock where Edinburgh Castle stands today, at the the end of the Royal Mile where Rachel Hamilton took her oath.

Rachael Hamilton was sworn in at one hour and three minutes into the ceremony which can be watched below.

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Annwyn Lewis
Annwyn Lewis
5 months ago

Ardderchog! Rhan o Gymru oedd Caeredyn canrifoedd yn ôl.

hdavies15
hdavies15
5 months ago
Reply to  Annwyn Lewis

Efalle bydde’r Picts yn dadlau am hynny. Gall neb fod yn sicr ble roedd y ffin ond mae’n sicr fod yno genedl Gymreig/ Hen Brydeinig yng Ngorllewin yr Alban cyn i’r adain arall o’r llu Celtaidd symud i mewn i’r gorllewin ( Dal Riada). Oes aur bron yn anghof achos taw’r buddugol sydd yn ysgrifenu hanes ( ac yn dinistrio gwybodaeth) !

Bincs
Bincs
5 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

LLwyth Brythoneg oedd y Pictiaid. Mae oelion eu iaith yn dal iw weld yng Ngogledd ddwyrain yr Alban e.e. Perth sy’n union fel y Perth yn Gymraeg.

SelFelin
SelFelin
5 months ago

Bechod mae Tori ydy hi, neu fel arall, gwych

Gethin
Gethin
5 months ago

Dylid arddel Din Eidyn eto. Bathiad diweddar y 19eg ganrif yw Caeredin…

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