Scottish independence: How many unicorns do you earn?


How many unicorns would it take to do your weekly shopping?

This sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it's a question people would have tackled every week in medieval Scotland.

The unicorn, the groat, the ryal, penny, and merk are all coins from Scotland's past and, on Wednesday, economist Prof Gavin McCrone will tell MSPs at Holyrood that an independent Scotland could revert to an old Scottish currency pegged to the UK pound.

So, what did Scotland's currency look like before the Union in 1707, and what can it tell us about Scotland's past?

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The Merk
The Scottish Merk

This is the coin Prof McCrone thinks could reappear in Scottish pockets after 300 years.

It was in circulation from the late 16th century, so maybe it's what James VI used for his taxi fare to London when he became James I of England in 1603.

It was worth 13 shillings and 4 pence, or about two thirds of a Scottish pound.

If Prof McCrone's suggestion is taken up in an independent Scotland, the new merk would be pegged to the UK pound.

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The Unicorn
The Scottish Unicorn coin

It might seem bizarre that Scotland dedicated a coin to a mythical beast until you learn that the unicorn is Scotland's national animal.

It was first used in royal Scottish symbolism in the 12th century and it straddles one side of the UK royal arms to this day.

The coin was worth about 20 shillings, and you could also carry about a half-unicorn which wasn't as horrific as it sounds.

A record states that, in 1503, James IV gifted 100 unicorns to an English ambassador.

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James III's Groat
James III Groat

James III issued this coin in 1484 and it's notable because of the image on the "heads" side.

Previously all Scottish and English coins used stylised, cartoon images of kings, but these were the first to show a monarch in a life-like style which we recognise today.

Also, the closed "imperial" crown shows that James III thought of himself as an all-powerful emperor in Scotland.

This reputation was damaged slightly when rebellion happened and he was killed a few years later.

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The Mary Queen of Scots Ryal
Mary Queen of Scots coin

This coin was struck to commemorate the marriage of Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley in 1565.

It was worth about 10 Scottish shillings, but is more interesting for the marital strife it gives us a glimpse of.

The first coin (pictured above) has Lord Darnley's name before Mary's, suggesting he held the power in the relationship. It was quickly withdrawn from circulation, and replaced by a coin with Mary's name first.

It was probably quite awkward the next time they left a tip for a waiter.

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David I's Penny
David I's penny

This is Scotland's first ever coinage, minted by King David I in the 12th century, which is why his face looks a little worse for wear.

The Scottish coins were actually struck in England. When Henry I of England died in 1135, David took control of the town of Carlisle and started to use English technology to make his own coins.

A very rare example of it sold at auction for £8,000 in 2012, showing that, if you look after the pennies, for nine centuries, the pounds truly do look after themselves.

From this first Scottish penny, a separate Scottish coinage continued until the Act of Union in 1707.

Three centuries later, are we about to see its revival?

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    Travel advice 15:58: BBC Scotland Travel Latest

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    Silver shot 15:51:

    Delighted Scotsman Drew Christie (left) shows off his silver medal won in the skeet shooting at Barry Buddon to his dad Gavin, mum Evelyn (front) and sister Emma.

    Drew Christie
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    On the medal trail 15:47:

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    Medal table 26 July

    You can keep up to date with which countries have won Commonwealth medals with the BBC online medal table.

    Bolt latest 15:42:

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    Usain Bolt

    Read more from the Jamaican's news conference.

    15:41: Martin Conaghan BBC Scotland News

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    Stay tuned for all the latest from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the football, weather, travel and the best of social media from another action-packed day around Scotland.

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    Flotilla on the Clyde 15:40:

    Brian Rogan took this picture of the flotilla that made its way along the River Clyde from Greenock to Glasgow.

    Flotilla on the River Clyde

    This event is part of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games celebrations.

    15:33: Via Twitter Police Scotland Latest

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    15:19: Via Twitter Jim Spence BBC Sport

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    Radio coverage 15:09:

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    Christie chuffed 15:06:

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    Scotland's Christopher Sherrington celebrates victory over Sam Rosser

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    (Gold Medal Contest) - 100kg- 18:56 Euan Burton (Sco) v S.Hussain Shah (Pak)

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    Bolt's press conference 14:56: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

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    Saturday soccer 14:55:

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    The tournament began last night with Berwick Rangers winning their first-round tie against Queen's Park on penalties.

    Bolt is here 14:47: Via Twitter Jane Lewis BBC Scotland

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    Usain Bolt is in Glasgow
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    Richard Funk funny

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    Bowls silver 14:35: Phil Goodlad BBC Scotland

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    He's here 14:28: Via Twitter

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    Usain Bolt arrives at airport
    All Blacks beat Scots 14:23:

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    Stuart Hogg in action for Scotland Sevens against New Zealand

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    Crowds welcome Commonwealth flotilla 14:14: Via Twitter Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

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    Flotilla arrives at Pacific Quay
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    Neil Fachie and Craig Maclean  at Glasgow 2014

    Watch all the action from the Commonwealth Games live on the BBC Sport website.

    Lucky number sevens 14:08:

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    Rugby sevens fans at Ibrox

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    You can watch all the action live on the BBC Sport website.

    Medals keep on coming 14:05:

    Shooter Drew Christie has won silver for Scotland in the men's skeet event at the Commonwealth Games.

    Radio coverage 14:02:

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    World beaters 13:55:

    Gold medallist Dan Wallace says Scottish swimmers have proved at Glasgow 2014 that they are now among the very best in the world.

    Daniel Wallace
    Glory beckons... 13:51: John Barnes BBC Scotland

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    Scotland's Euan Burton defeats New Zealand's Jason Koster

    Euan Burton (pictured defeating New Zealand's Jason Koster), Matthew Purssey, Sarah Adlington and Christopher Sherrington are all through to their respective finals.

    Flotilla arrives at Pacific Quay 13:42:

    Small ships, yachts and clippers are arriving on the River Clyde at Pacific Quay as part of the city's Commonwealth Games celebrations.

    Boats on Clyde

    The flotilla has travelled from Greenock, with this picture was taken near the Riverside Museum.

    Have you seen the fastest man on earth? 13:26:

    Usain Bolt is due to arrive in Glasgow shortly and will appear at a press conference in the city this afternoon.

    Usain Bolt

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    tweets: 2nd heat of men's 40km points race. Alastair Rutherford going for Scotland

    Velodrome prepares for Alastair Rutherford
    Glasgow 2014 morning round-up 13:00: Andrew Southwick BBC Scotland

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    Euan Burton has made the 100kg Judo final

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    Swimming - Cameron Brodie and Hannah Miley both managed lifetime bests as they qualified for the finals of the Men's 200m butterfly and Women's 200m breaststroke respectively.

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    Lawn bowls - It was two losses for Scotland with the men going down to Wales in the triples, and Caroline Brown losing to Kelsey Cottrell.

    Flotilla approaching 12:41: Via Twitter James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Crowds here at Bowling as the flotilla approaches. #flotilla2014 #glasgow2014

    Flotilla approaching Bowling
    Dizzee lights up Wickerman 12:34:

    Dizzie Rascal was a surprise booking at the first night of the annual Wickerman Festival.

    Dizzee Rascal at the Wickerman Festival

    The Dumfries and Galloway event also included 60s stars Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

    Scottish favourites Big Country and Del Amitri are the highlights on Saturday night.

    Miley going for a second gold 12:25: Via Twitter BBC Sport Scotland

    tweets: The 200m breaststroke final featuring @HannahMiley89 will begin at 7.36pm. #Glasgow2014 is very precise.

    Hannah Miley
    Latest travel 12:20:

    It's looking very busy on public transport in Glasgow just now, especially around Ibrox, and there are long queues on the Subway.

    The roads around the main venues are moving but there lots of pedestrians so leave plenty of time for your journey.

    The Commonwealth flotilla is sailing from Greenock to Glasgow, so be prepared for delays on the A8 and M8.

    In East Lothian, the East Fortune Airshow is causing very slow traffic on the A1 and surrounding roads. Police say. traffic is moving but very slowly.

    In Edinburgh, the A720 City Bypass has slow traffic and one lane blocked eastbound between Calder and Baberton.

    In East Renfrewshire, the A727 East Kilbride Road in Clarkston is still closed because of an accident. Police are directing traffic.

    Music Marathon 12:08: Via Twitter Pauline McLean BBC Scotland

    tweets: The combined might of @RSNO and @BBCSSO in rehearsal this morning for the classical music marathon. Kicks off at 1pm at Glasgow concert hall

    Petrofac Training Cup 11:58:

    Today the domestic season gets under way for several teams with the newly-named Petrofac Training Cup this afternoon.

    The pick of the ties is at East End Park where rivals Dunfermline and Raith Rovers face off, but the biggest crowd of the day will likely be at Tynecastle where Hearts host Annan Athletic.

    Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray (left) and Dumfermline manager Jim Jefferies

    There will be updates throughout the afternoon, and you can also listen to Richard Gordon and co on BBC Sportsound.

    Full Petrofac Training Cup fixture list.

    Red Arrows 11:52:

    The Red Arrows are headlining Scotland's national airshow in East Lothian, as they celebrate their 50th flying season.

    Red Arrows

    The RAF aerobatic team will appear at the National Museum of Flight fresh from their display at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

    Other attractions include a Hurricane, a Spitfire and one of only two surviving Battle of Britain Lancasters.

    Dan the man 11:43:

    Connor Mollison tweeted: Still can't quite believe this boy in the background is now Commonwealth Champion! Well done @danwallace_

    Daniel Wallace

    Daniel Wallace won the gold medal for Scotland last night in the 400m individual medley at Glasgow 2014.

    Tunnock's boost 11:33:

    Sales of Tunnock's teacakes have soared after they featured in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, a supermarket has said.

    Tunnocks tea cakes at Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony

    Customers have been stocking up on the sweet treat after giant dancing teacakes whirled around Celtic Park on Wednesday night.

    Waitrose said in the 24 hours following the ceremony, sales of the chocolate-coated marshmallow snack rose by 62%.

    Inverurie take on the Games 11:24: Andrew Southwick BBC Scotland

    There's something about Inverurie and the Commonwealth Games. Hannah Miley has made it into the women's 200m breaststroke final after finishing third in heat 4 as she chases another medal to add to her growing collection.

    Cameron Brodie of Inverurie

    In addition to that, another local Cameron Brodie wins heat 2 of the 200m butterfly, defeating South Africa's Chad Le Clos who was the favourite for the race.

    Meanwhile Australia's Daniel Fox - who may or may not have links to Inverurie - smashes his own 200m freestyle world record to set a new mark of 1:57:16.

    Bolt in Scotland 11:16: Via Twitter BBC Sport Scotland

    tweets: Get ready Glasgow - @usainbolt will arrive this afternoon. #Glasgow2014

    Usain Bolt
    Commonwealth flotilla 11:07: Via Twitter Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

    tweets: There are 249 crafts of all shapes and sizes in our wake as we head slowly from Greenock to Glasgow's Pacific Quay.

    Commonwealth flotilla
    Eurocentral anger 10:59: Via Twitter

    A lot of fans are still waiting in large queues at the Eurocentral park and ride as they attempt to travel through to Glasgow for the Games.

    Jen Paton: "@Glasgow2014 Park & Ride?? We've been standing at Eurocentral for an hour and no buses have arrived."

    Long queues at Eurocentral park and ride

    Fay Purves: "@Glasgow2014 Not enough buses at Eurocentral - will miss the Haka! Can NZ do it again later please? Kids will be gutted to miss it.

    David Bradley: "Anyone with a coffee van? Captive audience at EuroCentral! No buses at Park & Ride."

    Burton through 10:55:

    Scotland's flag bearer Euan Burton has began his attempt for a Commonwealth gold medal in the Judo 100kg category, and reaches the quarter finals with victory over Kenya's Evans Ouko Kengara.

    Euan Burton

    His wife Gemma Gibbons soon follows him with a victory of her own in the women's 78kg category.

    Today's sports news 10:48: Andrew Southwick BBC Scotland

    It is not often Scottish football makes anyone in Spain sit up and take notice, however the Sun reports Real Sociedad boss Jagoba Arrasate was impressed by Aberdeen's 2-1 win over FC Groningen in the Europa League.

    Niall McGinn celebrates his goal with Ryan Jack as Aberdeen beat Groningen 2-1

    It was not such good news for Motherwell who lost to Icelandic part-timers Stjarnan and Keith Lasley - who conceded three penalties in the two ties - told the Daily Record he fears the club's already tight budget will be slashed following their exit from Europe.

    Meanwhile Dutch full-back Jeroen Tesselaar has re-joined St Mirren on a one-year deal after a season at Kilmarnock.

    Read Saturday's sports gossip

    Swinney selfie 10:36: Via Twitter Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    One person out enjoying the Commonwealth flotilla from Greenock to Glasgow today is the Scottish Government's Finance Secretary John Swinney.

    He tweeted this picture of him (right) with Ross Craig on MV Lochinvar, one of the boats taking part in the celebration.

    John Swinney (right) and Ross Craig enjoy Commonwealth flotilla

    That is some bunnet, Mr Swinney. Well done must also go to the good sir who managed to pull off a successful photobomb.

    Are you out on the flotilla? Send us your comments and pics via Twitter using #ScotlandLive, by email or by text on 80295.

    Highlights from Day Two 10:17:

    Watch BBC Scotland's Andy Burke's round up of Day Two at the Commonwealth Games for Scotland.

    Daniel Wallace at Glasgow 2014
    Park and ride delays 10:07:

    Reports of long delays on the park and ride at Eurocentral, with thousands of rugby fans trying to get to Ibrox.

    Ibrox is hosting the rugby sevens at Glasgow 2014

    One disgruntled passenger has texted in to say: "Now on a bus to Ibrox 75 minutes after getting to park and ride at Eurocentral, but massive queues still! Buses now seem to be arriving but those still at Eurocentral will probably miss the start of the 7's."

    Today's papers 09:55:

    Most of the Scottish papers lead with three-year-old Mikaeel Kular's mother admitting to killing him.

    The Scotsman says an independent review into the death of Mikaeel is to take place after his mother admitted killing the toddler.

    Scotsman front page July 26 2014

    The Daily Record, meanwhile, reports that his mother beat him to death because he was sick after eating ice cream.

    Read the Paper Review and see the front pages.

    Barbados rugby stars 09:39: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    At around 18:00 tonight, Scotland will play Barbados in the rugby sevens.

    The Barbados team will play in front of thousands of fans at Ibrox Stadium after a late call up to the Games.

    One of their players is car mechanic Sean Ward.

    Barbados rugby sevens team

    Some of the team are based in the UK, while the Barbados-based players train on the beach or in Sean's back garden using tyres.

    Lawn bowls fightback 09:34:

    Watch Scotland pair Paul Foster and Alex Marshall bowl their way to an "impossible" comeback after going 15-7 against South Africa's Jason Evans and Jerry Baker in the lawn bowls yesterday.

    lawn bowls

    The Scots managed to score 3-1-5 in the final three ends and, with the last ball, South Africa could not reply, meaning a 16-15 win for Foster and Marshall.

    You can watch all the latest in the lawn bowls on the BBC Sport website.

    Latest travel 09:27:

    A very busy day at the Commonwealth Games means delays and disruption is likely. So if you're heading to or past the SECC, Ibrox, Scotstoun, Glasgow Green, Tollcross or at the Barry Buddon shooting centre in Carnoustie, be prepared for delays and leave extra time for your journey.


    In East Renfrewshire, the A727 East Kilbride Road in Clarkston is closed because of an accident. Police are directing traffic.

    And trains through Motherwell are returning to normal after an earlier signalling fault.

    Latest weather 09:15:

    Dry with some bright or sunny spells for most but rain will reach the west coast by around lunchtime, and extend north-eastwards across the Highlands this afternoon.

    Some of this rain will turn heavy with thunder. Across the south and east it should remain largely dry but with the risk of a shower around Glasgow. Another very warm day with highs peaking at 26C in sheltered parts of the northeast.

    Flotilla excitement 09:06: Laura Bicker Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    The boats are piped out James Watt Dock Marina. The logistics of getting the fleet of 250 boats safely out of the harbour is proving challenging. The Clyde looks calm and serene this morning.

    Commonwealth flotilla

    People on board are excitedly chattering on the radio and to each other. The plan is to muster out just outside the harbour before sailing down the Clyde. All the boats are decked out with flags and banners gently waving in the breeze.

    It should be a spectacular sight for those along the route.

    This evening's highlights 08:54: Andrew Southwick BBC Scotland

    18:00 - Judo: An intriguing side story with Scot Euan Burton and wife Gemma Gibbons both competing, but under different flags. Burton represents the host nation in the 100kg men's category, while Gibbons will compete for England in the 78kg women's category.

    Ross Murdoch in tears after winning Commonwealth gold

    18:40 - Boxing: Scotland's Josh Taylor - Commonwealth silver medallist (at lightweight) in 2010 - faces Botswana's Kagiso Bagwasi at 64kg.

    20:50 - Swimming: He won the nation's hearts with his tears on the opening day, and Scotland will be hoping for more when Ross Murdoch goes for another medal in the 100m Breaststroke final.

    Rangers appoint Nash 08:41:

    If you missed it last night, Rangers have appointed financial consultant Philip Nash to their board of directors.

    The former Arsenal and Liverpool executive will assume the position immediately, having been a consultant at Ibrox since January 2014.


    An accountant and former banker, Nash was brought to the club by chief executive Graham Wallace.

    Read Richard Wilson's report.

    Karen Gillan transformed 08:30:

    Scots actress Karen Gillan is to appear in her biggest movie role yet in Marvel's sci-fi action adventure Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Inverness-born Gillan's big break came when she was cast as Doctor Who companion Amy Pond.

    Karen Gillan in Guardians of the Galaxy

    While Pond was part of a force for good, Gillan's character in Guardians of the Galaxy has a villainous dark side. It certainly looks like it.

    This morning's highlights 08:16: Andrew Southwick BBC Scotland

    08:45 - Lawn bowls: Scotland are confident of medals at Kelvingrove. In the men's triples sectional the top two of Scotland and Wales go head-to-head, and in the women's sectional group stage world champion Caroline Brown carries the home nation's hopes against Australia's Kelsey Cottrell.

    Scotland are also in action in the men's pairs and women's fours.

    Hannah Miley with her 400m individual medley gold medal

    10:30 - Rugby sevens: Ibrox makes it's Glasgow 2014 debut today. It does not get much tougher for Scotland in their opening match, with four-time champions New Zealand squaring up to them in pool A. The All-Blacks have never lost a game at the Commonwealth Games.

    Scotland also face Canada and Barbados in the evening.

    10:40 - Swimming: The 400m individual medley gold medal winner Hannah Miley is back in the pool in the women's 200m Breaststroke heats.

    Scotland are also aiming for a place in the women's 4x200m Freestyle final.

    You can watch all the latest Commonwealth Games events on the BBC Sport website.

    Pool Party 08:08:

    It was Scotland's pool party, but where was the poster boy? BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis reflects on Scotland's success in the pool and the disappointments for Michael Jamieson.

    Michael J
    07:50: Via Twitter Huw Williams BBC Scotland reporter

    tweets: Crew of the Lerwick registered Swan taking part in @Flotilla2014 and live on @BBCRadioScot Out of Doors.

    Commonwealth flotilla crew

    Listen live to Radio Scotland.

    Last night at the Games 07:33:

    It was another great night in the pool for Scotland last night as Daniel Wallace won gold in the 400m Individual Medley.

    Daniel Wallace

    Meanwhile, Neil Fachie and Craig Maclean won Scotland's first Commonwealth Games cycling gold with victory in the Para-cycling 1000m tandem time trial for blind and visually impaired athletes.

    However, it was disappointment again for Michael Jamieson after he finished fifth in the 100m breaststroke semi-final meaning he will miss the final.

    Sir Jackie's car up for sale 07:13:

    Racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart's first ever race car is set to go under the hammer.

    The 1960 Marcos GT Xylon is being offered for sale this weekend by Silverstone Auctions.

    Sir Jackie Stewart's car

    Only nine Xylons were built by Marcos, which was founded in 1959 by racer Jem Marsh and engineer Frank Costin.

    The auction estimate is between £35,000 and £50,000.

    Commonwealth flotilla 07:07:

    The largest flotilla ever seen on the River Clyde will sail from Greenock to Glasgow later as part of the city's Commonwealth Games celebrations.

    Commonwealth flotilla

    About 250 boats are due to leave from Greenock at 10:00 and arrive at Pacific Quay, home of BBC Scotland, at 13:00.

    Small ships, leisure yachts and clipper and working boats will be taking part.

    Good morning 06:58: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland Live. We'll be here until 23:00 bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country, including all the action and atmosphere from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    Keep in touch and send us your comments and pics via Twitter using #ScotlandLive, by email or by text on 80295.



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