Sunday 17 May 2015
Constitution Day Celebrations
Our Norwegian National Day Celebrations
Our 'syttende mai' National Day Dinner will be held May 17th (7:00 for 7:30pm) at the Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh. Buses 23 and 27 stop on Dundas Street and there is on-street parking. The price for the meal, with a welcome drink on arrival, is £32. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, all are welcome. If you wish to book, please contact us via the website no later than Mon 04 May.
Join us to celebrate the signing of the Constitution – Norges Grunnlov – which formalised the dissolution of union with Denmark, and ensured that the Kingdom of Norway, as a 'free, independent, indivisible and inalienable Realm' exist as a democratic state based on the rule of law and human rights.
Last year (the 200th anniversary) we raised a wee dram to the achievement and Scottish descent of that most famous of Eidsvoll signatories, Wilhelm Frimann Koren Christie. WFK Christie (b1778), whose statue stands in the centre of Bergen (the Hansa trading town where his Montrose ancestors settled), was Permanent Secretary to the Assembly during its deliberations on the Constitution. Quick of mind and quiet in his consideration of difficult issues raised in debate, he was lauded for his statesmanlike gravitas and courage.
Norway Day in Edinburgh
For those of you joining us for our celebratory Dinner, we look forward to seeing you! And for a day of family fun, don't forget to join the Parade, starting (at the one o'clock gun) - when the pigeons fly! (Further details from NORSA).
A Warm Welcome to NSA
Our Association, which meets in Edinburgh, provides an opportunity for Scots, Norwegians and friends to get together and to celebrate important Norwegian events. Whether you have a family connection with Norway, or just a love of Norwegian or Scottish culture, why not come and join us? Ye'll surely find a 'hearty welcome'!
Did You Know?
Norwegian Princess - Scottish Queen
Margreta Eiriksdatter - 'The Maid of Norway', was the daughter of Eric II of Norway and the granddaughter of Alexander III of Scotland. On the death of her Scottish grandfather, the young Norwegian princess inherited the Crown of Scotland and preparations were made for her coronation at Scone. But the sea voyage from Norway, made late in the year, proved too much, and she died before reaching Orkney.
Margreta (born Bergen 1283, died Orkney 1290) is buried at Kristkirken (Christ's Kirk) at Holmen, Bergen. A memorial stone stands at the spot.