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Arbroath Connections - The Declaration of Arbroath

On 6th April 1320 a letter which was signed and sealed by the majority of Scottish nobles left Arbroath for Pope John XXII, at that time based in Avignon, France. Often known as the Declaration of Independence, the original Scottish copy of this document has survived and is now kept in Edinburgh, in the care of the National Archives of Scotland, and is their most treasured possession.




 



Many see the Declaration as Scotland's first step towards democracy, and it has been used by many as an expression of political independence and has also been linked with the American Declaration of Independence. The 6th April was adopted by the United States of America as Tartan Day, thus giving the date of the signing of the Arbroath Declaration truly international significance.



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Arbroathhas connections tomanypeople and events around the world - some obvious, and some perhaps not so. Take a look at our list and see if you find any surprises! Discuss the Arbroath Connections on the forum here!
Andy Stewart MBE

Andy Stewart MBE - Famous Scottish Entertainer.
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Arbroath Football Club

Arbroath Football Club have the distinction of...
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David Dunbar Buick


David Dunbar Buick was best known for founding the Buick Motor Company.

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Ewan Stewart

Ewan Stewart - Best known for his role in the film Titanic portraying 1st Officer William Murdoch...
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George Best

To celebrate their centenary year, the Arbroath Vic`ssecured George Best to play for them in a match against Arbroath F.C. The match was held at Gayfield Park on Sunday 8th August 1982.
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Harry Lauder


Harry Lauder - Singer and music hall entertainer.

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James Chalmers

James Chalmers - Inventor. Born 1872 in Arbroath
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JK Rowling


JK Rowling - So, JK and Arbroath? Read on....

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Judy Garland


Great Grandaughter of an Arbroathian

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Stone of Destiny


The Stone of Destiny or the Stone of Scone as it is sometimes known, found it way to Arbroath...

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The Declaration of Arbroath


The Declaration of Arbroath

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Thomas Moonlight

Thomas Moonlight (November 10, 1833 February 7, 1899) was a United States politician and General.
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