The Scottish Government has stressed that it is not responsible for content on a publicly-funded website which pointed out that a majority of the whole Scottish population did not vote to remain the UK.

The Scots Language Centre, which receives grant aid of £70,000 a year from the Scottish Government, has been accused of presenting a "clear political agenda" in an introduction to a Scots translation of the Edinburgh Agreement.

The introduction stated: "On that (referendum) day 55% of the registered electorate voted against independence while 45% voted in favour.

"Or, put another way, two million of the population voted against independence while the remaining three and a half million either voted for independence, didn't vote, or never had a vote."

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: "The Scots Language Centre is responsible for the content of its website and we understand that the text in question has now been removed."

Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said: "Worryingly, it seems the Scots Language Centre doesn't understand children aren't allowed to vote, and doesn't know what the population of Scotland is.

"It's not the first time a publicly-funded body has made such shamelessly pro-SNP remarks, as Visit Scotland well knows from when it decided the most notable thing in Scotland's history was the election of Scotland's first nationalist MP."

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: "It's disappointing that an organisation that's funded by the state and sending information round schools and pupils is distorting information in this way and with a clear political agenda. If they want to be taken seriously they need to have a good look at what they think their objectives are. The Education Secretary must investigate this."