For Real Independence and a Scotland of Equals
Monday 9th November 2020.
SCOTIA FUTURE DEMANDS SCOTTISH GOVT ISSUES MORATORIUM ON DEVELOPMENT OF CULLODEN SITE AS A WAR GRAVE SITE
Cllr Andy Doig, the co-founder of Scotia Future, which stands for real independence and a Scotland of Equals, has demanded that the Scottish Government issues a moratorium on development at the site of the Culloden battlesite, on ethical and historical grounds. Cllr Doig, who has written to the Scottish Minister for Planning about the moratorium, said:
“In the last decade there have been a number of applications to build on Culloden, this is ethically distasteful as effectively the whole area, not just near the Culloden Visitor Centre, is a mass war grave site. Culloden was about the genocide of the culture of Highland Gaelic Scotland and to seek to build on these graves is an appalling act of ethical vandalism.”
“Historically, the end of the Jacobite movement was a turning point in the history of the whole of the British Isles. There is a massive Scottish diaspora who would not be in the USA, Australia, and Canada were it not for the chain of events which Culloden began. To seek to erase that for commercial gain would not happen in any other country worldwide.”
“Scotia Future are demanding that the Scottish Government prohibit the exhumation of human remains at Culloden, under the Burial and Cremation Act (Scotland) 2016, as to exhume would be violation of Sepulchre, an old Scots Law the breach of which is still a crime today recognised in law.
Crucially, these remains are not required to be entombed formally or officially.”
“The key issue is that the site of the whole battle is not co-terminous with the site of the visitor centre. Military Historian, Dr Christopher Duffy, is on public record as saying that Culloden is still revealing new information about the battle and believes that ‘The ground (of Culloden) is still giving up more and more evidence of kinds that we never suspected’*. We must listen to Dr Duffy and other military experts.”
Contact Cllr Andy Doig – 07951 073030. To Join Scotia Future – e mail [email protected], call Scotia Future on 07553 942484, facebook on/Scotia Future, or twitter on @Scotia Future, website on www.scotia-future.scot
*Dr Christopher Duffy, Scottish Daily Mail, 24th October 2020
E – Mail to Mr Kevin Stewart MSP, Scottish Minister for Local Government, Housing, and Planning
Congratulations on being re-selected to stand for the Scottish Parliament in 2021. I hope this e mail finds you well under the current restrictions.
I am aware that the Scottish Government has called in a current planning application for the development of part of the historic Culloden battlefield site, and that there are other pending applications of a similar nature.
In relation to widespread national concern about the ethical and historical inappropriateness of allowing development on the site, as many including myself consider it a War Graves site, I call to your attention the provisions of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016.
Under Clause 27, Section 2, Article l (l) of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 I demand that the Scottish Government prohibits the exhumation of human remains at the Culloden battlesite, in its entirety, and place a moratorium on housing or leisure development at Culloden as this would breach the ancient Scots law of Violation of Sepulchre.
Cllr Andy Doig, BA Hons (Div),
Article 27 of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016
27 Exhumation of human remains
(1) The Scottish Ministers may by regulations make provision for or in connection with the exhumation of human remains.
(2) Regulations under subsection (1) may in particular—
(i) provide for circumstances in which the regulations (or specified provisions of the regulations)—
(i) do not apply,