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Tiny republic celebrates Scottish links

A researcher is to play a key role in the launch of a constitution written in Gaelic for one of the smallest republics in the world.

Tionndadh Gàidhlig (Gaelic version)

Dr William Lamb, an expert in Gaelic ethnology and linguistics, will travel to Užupis in Lithuania to deliver the Scottish Gaelic translation of its founding principles at a ceremony.

Despite being 1km in size, Užupis has its own government, currency and navy consisting of four small boats.

Remarkable republic

Užupis is located within the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius.

In 1997, residents of the area declared it a republic, creating its own flag, cabinet of ministers and a constitution. It initially had an army of 11 men, which has since been retired.

The republic champions artistic endeavour and its constitution has been translated into many languages.

Shared heritage

The event launching the Gaelic constitution will take place on Burns Night on the 25 of January.

The unveiling of the translation is a celebration of the area sharing Scottish traditions.

As well as a reading from Dr Lamb, the event will feature music from Scottish and Lithuanian artists and haggis tasting.

This is a unique recognition of the shared heritage between Lithuania and Scotland, and the growing international impact of Scottish Gaelic. In its strong humanism, the Užupis Constitution reads like a product of the Scottish Enlightenment. David Hume, in any case, would certainly approve.

​​​​​​​Dr William LambSenior Lecturer in Celtic and Scottish Studies

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Užupis Scottish Gaelic constitution launch