Pilar Fernandez in Galicia is a great lover of Scotland and the Scots, so much so she married one. Her bilingual blog (in Galician and English) A Ponte entre Galiza e Escocia is a great source of information about what’s going on in Galicia and about the links between our two countries. Pilar is co-ordinating the Solidarity with Scotland campaign, which aims to get expats Scots and friends and supporters of independence to write letters of support for indy to the British Embassy or High Commission in their country of residence. The campaign was started after it came to light that the UK Government is actively seeking the support of foreign governments, companies, and organisations to campaign against Scottish independence.
You can hear the podcast by clicking on this link. It’s well worth a listen for a different perspective on Scottish independence, and a great explanation of the machinations of the Spanish government.
Galicia has long and close links with Scotland and Ireland. According to Galician legend, many centuries ago a Galician king called Breogan ordered a tall tower to be built on the coast of his kingdom. When the tower was built, it was possible to see a green land far away in the distance, and Breogan ordered his son to visit this country and settle there. The green land was Ireland. The story is still preserved in ancient Irish texts. The Galicians are our Celtic cousins in Iberia. They even have their own bagpipes. Scots who visit the country are guaranteed a warm welcome. You’ll feel at home.
Pilar is a great friend of Scotland, and I’m privileged to count her as a personal friend too. She even got me a Spanish model tram! How cool is that?
So to celebrate Galiza and the links between that beautiful country and the other Celtic nations, here’s a wee video of a Galician band called Luar na Lubre. The tune is called O Son Do Ar, the Sound of the Air.