The Western Isles have voted No to Scottish independence.
The Gazette reported proceedings as they happened at the count last night in Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais.
A huge turnout of 86.2% of the Isles’ residents voted - 19,758 in total - resulting in 10,544 No votes to 9,195 Yes votes, with 90% of postal votes being returned.
The result was never clear; Accounting agents on the night said that Point was Yes by just 7 votes, and while the Stornoway area leaned towards the No party, the Southern Isles were largely supporting the Yes camp. Barra votes came in at 70% Yes.
The result for the Western Isles came in at just after 3am this morning.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader Angus Campbell said last night that he will be on the phone first thing tomorrow to get the commitments made as part of the Our Islands, Our Future campaign.
With the results in from all 32 council areas, the “No” side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for “Yes”.
This margin of victory for the Better Together campaign - 55% to 45% - was greater by about 3% than that anticipated by the final opinion polls. The winning total needed was 1,852,828.
The result became a mathematical certainty at 6:08am this morning.