Robin Gillanders & Chris Hall

The First Meeting of the Scottish Parliament, 12 May 1999

About this artwork

This photograph of all members of the Scottish Parliament was taken in the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland, which served as a temporary home until the completion of a new Parliament building at Holyrood in September 2004. Back in 1707, the original Parliament of Scotland merged with its southern counterpart. However, after years of lobbying, in 1997 a referendum showed that a large majority of Scots were in favour of a new Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Elections followed, and the Parliament first convened on 12 May 1999. It can take decisions on devolved matters such as education, health, agriculture and justice.

Updated before 2020

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Robin Gillanders

Robin Gillanders