Ruth Maguire gives Oath in Scottish Parliament

On Thursday 13 May 2021, Members of the Scottish Parliament were sworn in on the first day of the new Session. 

Ruth Maguire chose to swear the oath in both English and Gaelic and again became the MSP for Cunninghame South.  

Ruth’s oath:

“I, Ruth Maguire, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Her heirs and successors, according to Law, so help me God.”

“Tha mise Ruth Maguire, a’ mionnachadh gum bi mi dìleas agus fìor umhail do a Mòrachd a’ Bhanrigh Ealasaid, A h-oighreachan agus A tànaistean, a rèir an lagh, mar sin cuidich mi a Dhè.”

For the ceremony, Ruth along with 64 SNP MSPs, wore the white rose of Scotland, made famous by Hugh MacDiarmid in his poem “The Little White Rose”. The rose has been worn by SNP members as they are sworn in at Holyrood since the Scottish Parliament was reconvened in 1999.

The Little White Rose by Hugh MacDiarmid:

The rose of all the world is not for me.
I want for my part
Only the little white rose of Scotland
That smells sharp and sweet – and breaks the heart.

Commenting after the ceremony, Ruth Maguire MSP said:

“Today I was sworn into the Scottish Parliament. It is an honour to represent the people of Cunninghame South in our national Parliament and I will serve the whole community no matter how you voted. I am your MSP and I will do my very best for you.”