Reading - The Declaration of Arbroath (FULL)The Declaration of Arbroath dated April 6th 1320 was Scotland's appeal to the Pope that Scotland should be an independent nation, free from English rule. Probably written by Bernard Linton, Abbot of Arbroath Abbey, the single surviving copy is sealed by 51 Scottish nobles and magnates.
The date of the declaration is celebrated in the USA as Tartan Day and the document was used as the basis for the American Declaration of Independence.
UNESCO has included the Declaration of Arbroath in its UK ‘Memory of the World’ register. The original document is in the keeping of National Records of Scotland.
Song: As Long As There's One HundredIn early May 2011 the SNP won an historic majority in the Scottish Parliament, bring closer the possibility of an independent Scotland. It got me thinking about the original Wars of Independence in the late 13th and early 14th centuries featuring William Wallace and Robert Bruce and in particular, the Declaration of Arbroath, signed by the nobles and common folk of Scotland on 6th April 1320. As a result I wrote this song. The chorus is loosely based on the most famous passage of the Declaration, namely .....
Scotland's Arbroath Abbey - where it was signed....A walk about of Arbroath Abbey, indoors and outdoors.
The Declaration of Arbroath, which confirmed the nobility's support of Scottish independence over English domination, was signed at the abbey in 1320.
Ten Minute - The First War of Scottish IndependenceThe First War of Scottish Independence led to the Declaration of Arbroath. William Wallace and later King Robert the Bruce were the leaders of the Scottish resistance which eventually saw England defeated and Scotland remain independent.