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The arrival of Sikhism in Scotland is relatively recent. According to the Scottish Sikh Association, the first Sikhs settled in Glasgow in the early 1920’s with the first Gurdwara established in South Portland Street.[1] However, the bulk of Sikhs in Scotland come from families who immigrated during the late 20th century. In Scotland Sikhs represent 0.13% of the population (6,572),[2].

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History of Sikhism in Scotland

Scotland has a long-established Sikh community, beginning with colonial India. Indeed, Maharajah Duleep Singh moved to Scotland in 1854, taking up residence at the Grandtully estate in Perthshire.[3]

Sikhs in Scotland today

According to the 2001 Census there 0.13% of Scotland's population identifies Sikhism as their religion.[4] Glasgow is the area with the most significant Sikh population in the country. Of the six Gurudwaras in Scotland, four are in Glasgow, one in Edinburgh and one in Dundee.[5]

Sikh Tartan

Scottish Sikhs have their own tartan[6], and can be seen wearing kilts made from the material.[7][8]

Gurdwaras in Scotland

  • Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha
  • Siri Guru Nanak Gurudwara
  • Guru Nanak Gurdwara
  • Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara
  • Guru Granth Sahib Gurdwara
  • Sikh Temple Glasgow
  • The Sikh Temple Dundee
  • Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh Temple

Notable Scottish Sikhs

See also

References

  1. ^ Introduction scottishsikhs.com, accessed 13 January 2009
  2. ^ ANALYSIS OF RELIGION IN THE 2001 CENSUS: Summary Report scotland.gov.uk, accessed 8 January 2009
  3. ^ On the trail of the Sikh heritage BBC News, 30 September 2008
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Introduction scottishsikhs.com, accessed 13 January 2009
  6. ^ [2] Scotland's minorities adopt the kilt
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ http://www.sikhchic.com/article-detail.php?id=87&cat=8

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