A leading Orangeman has told a Scottish audience that their rightful place is within the United Kingdom.
Dr David Hume told a meeting in Paisley on Saturday that Ulster Scots and Orange members in Northern Ireland were watching with interest the debate over the Scottish independence referendum.
He said that many thousands of Scots supported unionists in their campaign against Home Rule for Ireland in 1912, and that a century later unionists in Ulster were standing by their friends in Scotland who support the Union.
“The Union would be the poorer if Scotland were to leave the Union and Scotland would be the poorer,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Queen has called on people of faith and goodwill to work together for the social good of Scotland whatever the outcome of the referendum.