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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-02822

The Black Bitch Tavern

Submitted by: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Supported by: David Torrance

That the Parliament acknowledges what it sees as the traditions and heritage of Linlithgow, including the name of the Linlithgow pub, The Black Bitch Tavern; notes that the origin of the name is understood to have come from the heroic greyhound who fed her master when he was incarcerated on an island; acknowledges that the Black Bitch has been depicted on Linlithgow’s ancient burgh seal from as far back as 1296; considers, however, that the meaning of words may change over time and the word "bitch" is sadly now often used as a derogatory term for women and has many negative connotations; further considers that linking the word "black" with a negatively perceived word like "bitch" can, on first sight, appear to be racist for those who are not aware of the background story, and asks all involved in this issue to see if a compromise solution can be reached.