The statement below, made at the 2016 oathtaking in the Scottish Parliament, has been widely interpreted:

"Pledges loyalty to the people of Scotland, in line with the Scottish constitutional tradition of the sovereignty of the people."

The sovereignty of the people - OK the tradition goes back a long way and a few red herrings need cooked before getting started.

There are longstanding misunderstandings about the roots or origins of the sovereignty of the land linked to the early medieval period at the Scottish stronghold/ 'capital' at Dunadd in Argyllshire - when Scots were living in Antrim and Argyllshire.

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