Richard Holloway

Plea for a Secular Scotland

Saltire Series No. 1


Saltire Series is a limited edition publication featuring a commissioned cover design by Alasdair Gray.

At a press conference at 11am on the 7th June 2013 the Saltire Society announced the reintroduction of the Saltire Series (first published in 1942) with Richard Holloway’s ‘A Plea for A Secular Scotland’.  The first pamphlet from the Saltire Series sees Dr Holloway asking Scotland’s people to work towards a modern secular society that balances the needs of the religious and the faithless to create a society of equality. 

The Saltire Series will see a succession of provocations from individuals to spark fresh thinking, ignite debate and challenge our orthodoxies in today’s Scotland.  

The Saltire Society’s role as an advocate, and celebrant of all that is best in our national cultural life, has a purpose. It is a reminder, an encouragement and a provocation to politicians, policy makers, public bodies, and the public of the importance of our creative lives.  The Saltire Series is an important part of the Society’s work as an advocate and as a place for diverse voices to be heard.

The launch of the new Saltire Series of pamphlets asserts our proper position as a platform for free and independent thinking on the issues that matter most to Scotland today. We believe our role as an independent, apolitical cultural commentator is as vital today as it ever was.


Pamphlets can be purchased at £5.00 (£4.00 for members) each from our HQ

Tel. 0131 556 1836