PAUL Kavanagh, aka the Wee Ginger Dug, is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke.

The National columnist is conscious and speaking after falling ill on Monday morning.

His husband Peter Bellefleur announced the news on social media.

He tweeted: “Just wanted to let everyone know my husband @weegingerdug was admitted to the hospital Monday morning after suffering a stroke.

“Because of covid I haven't been able to see him since he was moved to the stroke ward, but we have spoke on the phone. It's going to be a long process.”

Having spoken to those close to Paul, The National understands the Wee Ginger Dug has vowed to bounce back as quickly as possible and get back behind the keyboard to do what he does best.

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The Wee Ginger Dug began his pro-independence blog in 2013 after moving back to Scotland from Spain.

He has been writing for The National since it was first published, as well as speaking at National Roadshows and launching the Wee Ginger Dugcast.