‘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 Declaration of Arbroath is without doubt the most famous document in Scottish history. Like the American Declaration of Independence, which is partially based on it, it is seen by many as the founding document of the Scottish nation. Drafted on the 6th April 1320 - a day the United States of America has declared to be Tartan Day.
The Declaration is a Latin letter that was sent to Pope John XXII in April/May 1320.
It failed to convince the pope to lift his sentence of excommunication on Scotland.

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