Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Declaration of Arbroath

On April 6 1320 a letter was sent to Pope John XXII sealed by
eight earls and forty-five barons declaring independence for Scotland.

The Declaration of Arbroath set out to confirm Scotland's status as an independent, sovereign state and its use of military action when unjustly attacked.

"As long as but a hundred of us remain alive,
never will we on any conditions
be brought under English rule.
It is in truth not for glory,
nor riches, nor honors, that we are fighting,
but for freedom
- for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself".

This is but a small part of that great letter, but you can read all of it at

Here is the best place I found for information on it, and the page is beautifully written

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