Garry Lockhart denies murdering wife and son in Midlothian home

Janet Lockhart and her son Michael The bodies of Janet Lockhart and her son Michael were discovered on 28 December 2013

A man has denied murdering his wife and his two-year-old son at their Midlothian home.

Garry Lockhart, 33, is accused of murdering his spouse Janet on 28 December 2013 at a house in South Chesters Lane, Bonnyrigg.

He is alleged to have placed his hands and arm around her neck and by these means compressed her neck, restricted her breathing and strangled her.

On the same date at the address he is accused of murdering his son, Michael.

It is alleged he placed and held a pillow over his face, placed his hands over his nose and mouth, pinched and held his nose and by these means restricted his breathing and suffocated him.

Lockhart's defence solicitor advocate Brian Gilfedder told the High Court in Edinburgh at a preliminary hearing he was pleading not guilty to both charges.

The judge, Lord Bannatyne, fixed a trial in the case for 8 September.

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Scotland Decides: SCOTLAND VOTES NO

  1. No 1,737,464
  2. Yes 1,398,540
After 29 of 32 counts Results in detail

Referendum Live

  1.  
    05:51: Sturgeon concedes defeat

    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has conceded that the No side have won the referendum.

     
  2.  
    05:50: Ingliston tears Laura Maxwell BBC Scotland

    There have been tears from "Yes" campaigners at Ingliston this evening. But one lady told me she was realistic before coming here this evening, saying 45% of the vote was still a vote for change.

    One senior figure from the Conservatives told me he'd been at many counts in Ingliston, but rarely on the winning side - he said it was definitely "less tiring".

     
  3.  
    05:45: A nation speaks Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    And so, Scotland was asked, and, it seems, a nation has answered.

    Even though the predicted "No" result in the Scottish independence referendum will see it remain in the United Kingdom, the nation has changed forever.

    While voters in Scotland expressed a desire to keep the nation in the UK, it's also become clear the current devolution settlement is not enough.

    And while many will wonder what First Minister Alex Salmond's next move is, focus will also turn to the pro-Union political parties - Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, to make good on their promise on delivering new powers to the devolved Edinburgh parliament.

    This strategy was dismissed by the independence campaign as an election bribe, but given the Conservative and Labour leaders David Cameron and Ed Miliband have put their names to it - and one of these two men will probably be the next prime minister - they'll now have to come good.

     
  4.  
    05:44: No party loyalties

    Prof Charlie Jeffrey said party loyalties do not seem to have mattered in the vote.

    He said: "We have seen results in Labour strongholds like Glasgow and North Lanarkshire where there has been a "Yes" vote, and in SNP strongholds like Angus and Perthshire there has been a "No" vote.

    "What we have found is a very strong correlation between the Yes vote and a higher level of unemployment.

    "But also a slightly less strong relationship between the more British you feel the less likely you are to vote "Yes".

    "These seem to be more significant influences than political party in the outcome."

     
  5.  
    05:41: Pound strengthens

    This chart shows how the pound has faired against the dollar since the polls closed on Thursday evening. As you can see it's strengthened from a low of $1.63 to above $1.65 - that's the highest level since last September. In currency market terms that's a huge move in a short space of time.

    Pound versus dollar
     
  6.  
    05:41: Impact on the SNP Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    If there is a "No" vote - as seems likely - what might be the impact upon the SNP? Clearly, there would be a period of introspection. But would the party fragment? I think not.

    Firstly, even if the vote is lost, this would be a good performance for the wider independence cause.

    Secondly, the SNP is not the same party as the one which faced a rethink in the aftermath of the very different referendum in 1979.

    The Nationalists are now a party of government, a decidedly outward-looking and professional outfit.

    Thirdly, and perhaps most significantly, there would be a clear role for the SNP in acting as a form of chief whip, driving the demands for further change: both constitutional and in the lives of people.

     
  7.  
    05:40: Cameron tweet

    David Cameron tweets: I've spoken to Alistair Darling - and congratulated him on an well-fought campaign. #indyref

     
  8.  
    05:39: Salmond tweet

    Alex Salmond tweets: Well done to Glasgow, our commonwealth city, and to the people of Scotland for such a incredible support

     
  9.  
    05:38: Yes progress John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Although the "Yes" side has clearly lost and it has not done as well as it did in the final opinion polls, it has clearly done better than the polls were anticipating at the beginning of August.

    The "Yes" campaign did make progress in the final weeks of the campaign.

     
  10.  
    05:36: Analysis John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Those areas with more middle-class folk were more likely to vote "No" than those areas with more working class people.

    Those areas where there were more people who have come to Scotland after being born in the rest of the UK have a relatively high "No" vote.

    Thirdly, those places with a relatively older population are again the places where "No" did well.

    Although it is true that the overall "Yes" vote seems to be below what the opinion polls were predicting - it looks as if it might be short by three points or so - that is not uncommon in these referendums where people are being asked to make a big change. They often draw back at the last minute.

     
  11.  
    05:36: Time to re-cap
    No supporter A supporter from the "No" Campaign watches as votes are announced, at the Better Together Campaign headquarters in Glasgow

    With just a handful of declarations to go, it's probably best to summarise where we are at....

     
  12.  
    05:34: 'Scotland has changed'

    The status quo is officially not popular tonight. "Scotland has changed," Lib Dem MP Michael Moore says. "It is inconceivable that we would just sit and tolerate the status quo."

     
  13.  
    05:33: Better Together Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow says he "hoped, believed and prayed you would vote for shared bonds of citizenship" so that we can "face very real challenges we all face together, and not separately."

     
  14.  
    05:32: Salmond statement Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland News presenter

    We are expecting to hear a statement from Alex Salmond from his official residence at 10:00.

     
  15.  
    05:30: Yes party Ken Macdonald BBC Scotland Science Correspondent

    Dwindling numbers here at the "Yes" party. Among those who remain, are those eyes bleary or teary?

     
  16.  
    05:29: Holyrood supporters Andrew Kerr BBC News

    A large crowd has been outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, keeping an all-night vigil. Some are drifting away now. It's fairly noisy and there are Saltires being waved. Bottles are being cleared away.

    Yes supporters
     
  17.  
    05:28: 'No mandate'

    "The status quo has not got any kind of endorsement or mandate tonight," Nicola Sturgeon says.

     
  18.  
    05:27: 'Absolutely believed'

    Nicola Sturgeon says she "absolutely believed in my heart and in my head" that the "Yes" campaign would win the referendum.

     
  19.  
    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews 05:23: Get involved

    There were 115,000 tweets about the referendum between 04:00 and 05:00, up 45% on the previous hour.

    Top tweet in the last hour has come from @BBCBreaking: "Scotland's #indyref totals after 7 of 32 declarations: Yes 172,426 (49.1%) No 178,811 (50.9%)" retweeted 2,600 times.

    Join the conversation by using #indyref

     
  20.  
    05:21: 'Work with anyone'

    Nicola Sturgeon says she will work with "anyone in any way" to secure more powers for Scotland.

     
  21.  
    Tweet using #indyref 05:20: Get involved

    Derek Morison tweets: #indyref I spent 4 hours handing out YES leaflets at 2 Glasgow polling stations... and I find it extremely difficult to believe those figures

     
  22.  
    05:20: 'Changed forever'

    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tells the BBC the projected result is "a deep personal and political disappointment" but argues that "the country has been changed forever".

     
  23.  
    05:20: Moore welcome

    Former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore welcomes the projected referendum result, adding that "the establishment" in Scotland is the SNP Scottish government.

     
  24.  
    05:19: 'Move forward together' Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says there is no endorsement of the status quo.

    She says there is plainly a huge appetite for change.

    An indication of the ultimate response of the SNP: that they have a significant role in pressing the demands for change.

    "Move forward together," says the Deputy First Minister. And she confirms her party will work with anyone to deliver substantial new powers for the Scottish Parliament.

    nicola sturgeon
     
  25.  
    05:18: 'Status quo'

    Comedian and independence campaigner Hardeep Singh Kohli says he felt that the "Yes" campaign had to deal with "the establishment" including the media, Westminster and big business.

    He asks how the Better Together campaign will manage to deliver its promises. "Scotland has voted for the status quo," he says. "Scotland will get the status quo."

     
  26.  
    05:17: Margin of victory John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    The BBC is predicting on the basis of 26 results declared so far that the "No" side are going to win the referendum with 55% of the vote while "Yes" will secure 45% of the vote.

    This margin of victory is some three points greater than that anticipated by the final opinion polls.

     
  27.  
    05:17: BBC forecast

    The BBC forecast is that Scotland has voted "No" to independence, with 26 out of 32 local authority areas declared.

     
  28.  
    05:15: BBC FORECAST: SCOTLAND VOTES NO

    Referendum result projected to reject independence.

     
  29.  
    05:11: EAST AYRSHIRE RESULT

    "No" wins by 44,442 to 39,762.

    That is 53% "No" to 47% "Yes".

    Total votes 84,262. Turnout 84.5%.

     
  30.  
    05:08: Aberdeenshire count Steven Duff BBC Scotland reporter

    Aberdeenshire declaration estimate now 05:30. Could it be a crucial one?

     
  31.  
    05:08: SOUTH AYRSHIRE RESULT

    "No" wins by 47,247 to 34,402.

    That's 58% for "No" to 42% for "Yes".

    Total votes 81,716. Turnout 86%.

     
  32.  
    05:07: Tears of joy Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    The first tears of joy here at Better Together HQ.

     
  33.  
    05:07: Glasgow vote Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Lord Reid, the former Labour cabinet minister, says the vote for "Yes" is partly a protest against poverty.

    He argues that must be heeded. Adds to my argument that there will be a popular expectation of change.

    Not, it would appear, independence. But change.

    Supporters of the Union said that a No vote did not mean no change. People will expect delivery of that and, I would submit, will expect delivery in particular from the party whose leading figures most prominently drove that offer. Which is Labour.

    And that message re: expectations is, of course, emphasised by the vote in Glasgow. A significant win for "Yes".

     
  34.  
    05:05: Yes family

    SNP MSP Richard Lyle celebrates a "Yes" win in North Lanarkshire with his daughter, Councillor Marina Lyle, son Vincent, and granddaughter Iona.

    North Lanarkshire
     
  35.  
    05:04: Lanarkshire divides Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    The north votes "Yes". The south votes "No". Again, that vote in North Lanarkshire adds to the pressure upon Labour in particular to deliver upon the promises lodged towards the close of the campaign.

    Not just constitutional change but that people's lives would be enhanced.

     
  36.  
    05:04: WEST LOTHIAN RESULT

    "No" wins by 65,682 to 53,342.

    That's 55% for "No" and 45% for "Yes".

    Total votes 119,024. Turnout 86.1%.

     
  37.  
    05:03: Scottish Borders vote John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    This border area in south of Scotland was not somewhere we expected "Yes" to do well and getting 33% of the vote means our expectation is wholly fulfilled.

     
  38.  
    05:02: NORTH AYRSHIRE

    "No" wins by 49,016 to 47,072.

    That is 51% for "No" and 49% for "Yes".

    Total votes 96,173. Turnout 84.4%

     
  39.  
    05:01: Yes chant

    "Yes" supporters chant "Glasgow votes Yes".

    Yes supporters
     
  40.  
    04:59: SCOTTISH BORDERS

    "No" wins by 55,553 to 27,906.

    That's 67% for "No" and 33% for "Yes".

    Total votes 83,459. Turnout 87.4%.

     
  41.  
    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews 04:59: Get involved

    Tom [Positive Lad] tweets: Glasgow was a LOT closer than anyone thought. Low turn out too. That's not good for SNP / YES. #indyref

    Felicity tweets: Why such a comparatively low turn-out in the city where it could have made such a difference? People terrified of their influence? #indyref

     
  42.  
    04:58: Ingliston chat Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    The chat on the ground at Ingliston is that Alex Salmond isn't putting in an appearance at the national counting centre. However, "Yes" supporters here are feeling more upbeat after the Glasgow win.

     
  43.  
    04:56: Before the heartbreak

    An upbeat Tommy Sheridan was sure on Sunday that the "Yes" campaign would triumph in the Scottish independence referendum.

    Tommy Sheridan Tommy Sheridan speaking on the BBC's Sunday Politics to presenter Andrew Neil

    He told BBC presenter of the Sunday Politics show, Andrew Neil, how confident he was.

    When Neil put it to him that his side was going to lose, former socialist MSP Mr Sheridan said: "You have got to be kidding, is this the face of someone who is looking to lose - we will win 60%-40%."

     
  44.  
    04:55: Yes Glasgow Tim Reid Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Glasgow votes a massive yes to independence

     
  45.  
    04:54: GLASGOW RESULT

    "Yes" wins by 194,779 to 169,347.

    That's 53.5% for "Yes" and 46.5% for "No".

    Total votes 364,664. Turnout 75%.

     
  46.  
    04:54: Scotland 'divided'

    Lib Dem MP and former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore tells the BBC that "Scotland is divided", adding: "We're going to have a job of work to get things healed afterwards".

     
  47.  
    04:52: 'Yes' victory possible? James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Just asked very senior figure in yes campaign, "Can you still win?" The answer. "No." #indyref #Scotland

     
  48.  
    04:52: Analysis Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Perth and Kinross is the patch of John Swinney, Annabel Ewing and Roseanna Cunningham of the SNP. They will be disappointed with that.

     
  49.  
    04:51: 'High spirits' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    The "No" camp at the Ingliston national counting centre is in very high spirits now.

    They've gathered out on a balcony just inside the front entrance, their cheers growing louder as each local authority is declared for the pro-Union side.

     
  50.  
    04:49: PERTH AND KINROSS RESULT

    "No" wins by 62,714 to 41,475.

    That's 60% for "No" and 40% for "Yes".

    Total votes 104,285. Turnout 86.9%

     
  51.  
    04:49: SOUTH LANARKSHIRE RESULT

    "No" wins by 121,800 votes to 100,990.

    That's 55% for "No" and 45% for "Yes".

    Total votes 222,790. Turnout 85.3%.

     
  52.  
    04:47: NORTH LANARKSHIRE RESULT

    "Yes" wins by 115,783 to 110,922.

    That's 51.1% for "Yes" and 48.9% for "No".

    Total votes counted 226,883. Turnout 84.4%.

     
  53.  
    04:46: South Ayrshire count Alasdair Lamont BBC Scotland

    Word that the declaration in Ayr is about 10 minutes away.

     
  54.  
    04:45: Flurry of excitement Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    There was a flurry of excitement just then, as news of First Minister Alex Salmond's arrival at the Ingliston national count centre spread like wildfire through the media section.

    But it was not to be. We are expecting him to turn up at some point, though.

     
  55.  
    04:43: 'Broken-hearted'

    Former Socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan, who has been campaigning for a "Yes" vote, told BBC Scotland: "It is not looking good to be honest. I am feeling almost broken-hearted.

    "I feel that the British establishment has mobilised the big guns, they have mobilised the bankers, they have mobilised the billionaires, they have mobilised the supermarkets, they have all been corralled into Number 10 and told to get out there and frighten people and I think that people have been frightened."

    tommy sheridan
     
  56.  
    04:43: Vote share so far

    The percentage tally so far, with 17 out of 32 local authority areas declared, is 56% for "No" versus 44% for "Yes".

     
  57.  
    04:42: Scottish Borders count Morag Kinniburgh BBC News Scotland

    Scottish Borders declaration is due in 10-15 minutes.

     
  58.  
    04:38: EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE RESULT

    "No" wins by 48,314 votes to 30,324.

    That's 61% for "No" and 39% for "Yes".

    Total votes 78,938. Turnout 90.9%.

     
  59.  
    04:39: Inverclyde analysis Sally McNair Reporter, BBC Scotland

    Inverclyde was always going to be a close call. Labour MP Iain McKenzie said it could come down to a handful of votes: in the event it came down to 86 votes in favour of a "No" vote.

    The result was declared to a hushed crowd here. This was predicted to be a significant count. In a traditional Labour stronghold, which has seen the Labour vote slipping, could the "Yes" campaign persuade enough Labour voters to give Labour a bloody nose? And would the result here be mirrored across the country?

    Both sides say they fought hard for every last vote. The "Yes" campaign were very confident earlier in the week, even earlier in the evening. They are hugely disappointed but the SNP group leader on Inverclyde Council, Chris McEleny refused to be downcast. He said having come from so far behind at one stage in the long campaign, to finish up with 49.9% of the vote was a remarkable achievement.

     
  60.  
    04:37: EAST RENFREWSHIRE RESULT

    "No" wins by 41,690 to 24,287.

    That is 67% for "No" and 33% for "Yes".

    Total votes 66,021. Turnout 90.4%.

     
  61.  
    04:35: Stirling count Reevel Alderson Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    Just 12 minutes after the Stirling result was declared, the Albert Halls are cleared of boxes, counters and campaigners. Click here for updates on Stirling.

    Stirling
     
  62.  
    04:35: Recap

    Half of Scotland's local authorities have now declared their results.

    The pro-Union "No" campaign is currently in the lead.

     
  63.  
    04:34: ABERDEEN RESULT

    "No" wins by 84,220 to 59,390.

    That's 59% for "No" and 41% for "Yes"

    Total votes cast 143,664. Turnout 81.7%

     
  64.  
    04:34: DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY RESULT

    "No" wins by 70,039 votes to 36,614.

    That's 66% for "No" and 34% for "Yes".

    Total votes cast 106,653 - a turnout of 87.4%.

     
  65.  
    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews 04:33: Get involved

    Nearly 79,000 tweets about the Referendum between 03:00 and 04:00 - up by 2%.

    Top tweet in the last hour came from Comedian Kevin Bridges: "Haven't forced myself to stay up this late since Summerslam '97.. #indyref" retweeted over 800 times.

    The most shared photo is of a glum-looking Alex Salmond in the back of a car bound for Aberdeen Airport.

    The most shared video is of reaction in New York to the close result from Inverclyde, described as "bewildered semi-pandemonium."

    You can join the conversation by using #indyref, tweet @BBCPolitics or go to the BBC News Facebook page.

     
  66.  
    @BBCTrending 04:32: BBC Trending

    BBC Trending tweets: #ScotlandDecides is a global topic on social media, and has been trending in France whilst Scotland (Шотландии) is trending in Russia

     
  67.  
    04:29: Fife turnout Simon Dedman, BBC Scotland News

    Fife's official turnout is 84.1% with 254,163 votes cast.

     
  68.  
    04:28: ANGUS RESULT

    "No" wins by 45,192 to 35,044.

    That's a share of 56% for "No" to 44% for "Yes"

    Total votes cast was 80,302. Turnout 85.7%.

     
  69.  
    04:28: Perth & Kinross Suzanne Allan BBC Scotland

    Perth and Kinross has been such a well behaved count that the police have a few minutes to sit down.

    Police in Perth
     
  70.  
    04:26: Falkirk vote John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    This is somewhere where the "Yes" side will need to be ahead in order to win the referendum.

    The fact that the "No" side have won here, albeit with no more than 53.5% of the vote, is a further straw in the wind that the "No" side have won.

     
  71.  
    04:26: Salmond's arrival imminent

    There is a big crowd in Edinburgh awaiting First Minister Alex Salmond's arrival. He's expected at Ingliston any minute now.

    Edinburgh
     
  72.  
    04:26: More analysis

    Prof Charlie Jeffrey of the University of Edinburgh said: "Midlothian was always going to be tough territory for the Yes side. It does not have the characteristics that we would expect to benefit "Yes".

    "What has been interesting is the declarations around Glasgow which have not followed a particular pattern.

    "We have seen Inverclyde vote against, we saw Renfrewshire vote quite strongly against but West Dunbartonshire for.

    "We expected these local authority areas to have very similar patterns. They are not being similar. It is very tough to explain exactly why one is voting one and another a different way."

     
  73.  
    04:25: Stirling vote John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    This was not somewhere we expected the "Yes" side to do particularly well but the "No" success of winning by 60% to 40% is further evidence that the "No" side are going to win this referendum.

     
  74.  
    04:24: Falkirk troubles

    "We've had our troubles in Falkirk," Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont tells the BBC. She describes the "No" win as "a really interesting result".

     
  75.  
    04:23: East Lothian analysis John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    This is not somewhere we expected the "Yes" campaign to do particularly well. It is a relatively middle class part of Scotland in which the SNP are not particularly strong. But at 38% the "Yes" share of the vote is towards the lower end of expectations.

     
  76.  
    04:23: Better Together 'proud' Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    Blair McDougall tells Better Together campaigners he remains 'hopeful' based on the data crunching being done by their analysts and that they can be "proud for the rest of their lives".

     
  77.  
    04:22: FALKIRK RESULT

    "No" wins by 58,030 votes to 50,489.

    That is 53% for "No" and 47% for "Yes".

    The total number of votes was 108,626 - a turnout of 88.7%.

     
  78.  
    04:22: Recap

    For those who have just joined us, 11 of Scotland's 32 local authorities have now declared their results.

    Of these, nine have voted "No" and two "Yes".

    The campaign to keep Scotland in the UK is ahead in the vote share.

     
  79.  
    04:19: Falkirk count Fiona Walker BBC Scotland

    Falkirk declaration imminent.

     
  80.  
    04:19: EAST LOTHIAN RESULT

    "No" wins by 44,283 to 27,467.

    That is 62% "Yes" to 38% "No".

    Total votes were 71,798 - a turnout of 87.6%.

     
  81.  
    04:19: STIRLING RESULT

    "No" wins by 37,153 to 25,010.

    That is 60% for "No" and 40% for "Yes".

    Total votes cast was 62,225. Turnout 90.1%.

     
  82.  
    04:14: East Dunbartonshire count

    "Yes" spirits are better here ahead of the East Dunbartonshire results.

    East Dunbartonshire
     
  83.  
    04:13: MIDLOTHIAN RESULT

    "No" wins by 33,972 to 26,370.

    That's 56% for "No" and 44% for "Yes".

    Total votes cast was 60,395. Turnout 86.7%.

     
  84.  
    04:11: Midlothian count

    Result at Midlothian count coming now...

    Midlothian
     
  85.  
    04:10: East Lothian count Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    This is the scene at the Corn Exchange, with the declaration minutes away. We're expecting a big "No" vote, possibly 60 or 61 per cent against independence.

    East Lothian
     
  86.  
    04:10: WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE RESULT

    "Yes" wins by 33,720 votes to 28,776.

    That is 54% for "Yes" and 46% for "No".

    Total votes cast were 62,532, a 87.9% turnout.

     
  87.  
    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews 04:09: Join the conversation

    Donaldo tweets: We all knew dundee was gonna be 'yes' but 57% is low compared to all the 'polls', when dundee were around 80% #indyref

    AC tweets: Love Dundee, showed true bottle. As for where I'm from Renfrewshire, disgusted but hardly surprised.

     
  88.  
    04:08: Question 'dealt with' Ross Hawkins Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Stewart Maxwell SNP: If it's a no then indy q dealt with, then priority becomes as much and as many powers as we can to Scotland

     
  89.  
    04:07: Stirling count Reevel Alderson Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    Better Together supporters in Stirling are hugging each other in congratulation as we await an imminent declaration.

     
  90.  
    04:06: Renfrewshire win

    Supporters celebrate a "No" victory in Renfrewshire.

    "No" celebrates
     
  91.  
  92.  
    04:05: Alex Salmond in Edinburgh David Miller BBC Scotland

    First Minister Alex Salmond's plane landed at Edinburgh Airport 20 minutes ago.

     
  93.  
    04:05: Join the conversation

    Joanna Geary from Twitter tweets: In other news, it seems Irn Bru reached peak tweet just after polls closed #indyref http://reverb.guru/view/161577919386267480

    Tweets mentioning #indyref and Irn Bru
     
  94.  
    04:03: Yes campaign Ken Macdonald BBC Scotland Science Correspondent

    Dundee result restarts this "Yes" party...

    Yes Scotland
     
  95.  
    04:01: Dundee dignity

    Deacon Blue star Ricky Ross, who was campaigning for a "Yes" vote, told BBC Scotland: "That's a fantastic result from Dundee, my home city, amazing things been happening there. That will put a real smile on lots of 'Yes' people's faces."

    ricky ross
     
  96.  
    03:59: 'Unalloyed sovereignty' Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    If there is a "No" victory and if it is as a result of Gordon Brown's timetable for delivering more powers for Scotland, will Westminster accept his analysis that the unalloyed sovereignty of Westminster is at an end?

     
  97.  
    03:58: Better Together campaign Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    Here is the Better Together reaction to the Dundee result.

    Better Together
     
  98.  
    03:58: Get involved

    Nearly 75,000 tweets about the referendum sent between 02:00 and 03:00 this morning - down on the previous hour by 15%.

    Star Trek star George Takei has the most popular tweet: "Overheard: "Well, if Scotland votes for independence from the U.K., what's to keep Canada from breaking off from the U.S.?", retweeted over 1400 times.

    Comedian Kevin Bridges is among the most influential accounts. He tweeted: "A No vote being announced in Gaelic here.. #indyref" about the vote count in the Orkney Islands. It was retweeted 362 times.

    You can join the conversation via the #indyref hashtag, tweet @BBCPolitics or go to the BBC News Facebook page

     
  99.  
    03:56: Stirling count Reevel Alderson Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    The Stirling count is expected to declare its result at about 0415. But the town's SNP MSP, Bruce Crawford is downbeat.

    Asked if he thought the result would be similar to that of neighbouring Clackmannanshire, where "No" received 54%, he said: "That would be very optimistic. I don't think we have done as well as that."

     
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    03:55: South Lanarkshire count Catriona Renton BBC Scotland

    They've cleared away the tea, coffee and Tunnocks tea cakes...result must be coming soon!

     

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