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The Declaration of Arbroath 1320

The Declaration of Arbroath, known also as the Scottish Declaration of Independence, is the best known and most treasured document in Scottish history. It is a letter from the earls and barons of Scotland to the Pope during the War of Independence, expressing the country's independent national identity and asking him to urge the English King to cease his aggression towards Scotland.

The Declaration of Arbroath was drafted on the 6th April 1320, a day the United States of America has declared to be Tartan Day, and l
ike the American Declaration of Independence it is seen by many as the founding document of the Scottish nation.

'It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.'

Extract from the Declaration of Arbroath, 1320.

The document which was written in Latin was sent to Pope John XXII in April/May 1320. History reveals it was most likely drafted in the scriptorium of Arbroath Abbey by Abbot Bernard de Linton on behalf of the barons and nobles of Scotland. It was one of three letters that was sent to the Pope in Avignon, the other two being from King Robert Bruce himself and from four Scottish bishops, attempting to abate papal hostility.

The Declaration of Arbroath
received the seals of several Scottish barons and, under the extraordinary circumstances of the Wars of Independence, was a prototype of contractual kingship in Europe.

The Official Poster

The official lithographic poster of the
Declaration of Arbroath

Published to coincide with the 675th anniversary. The size of the poster is 27 inches wide by 39 inches high and comes complete with a modern English translation and background notes detailing the history behind this important document in Scottish history.

£15.99 (approx. $29 U.S.D.)


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