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SP13State Papers Miscellanea1292-1822
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference SP13/7
Title 'The Declaration of Arbroath'
Dates 6 Apr 1320
Access status Open
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Description Letter from the barons and freeholders, and the whole community of the kingdom of Scotland to Pope John XXII, dated at Arbroath. It sets out Scotland's early 14th-century status as an independent nation, supporting King Robert I's position as King of Scots and asking the Pontiff to persuade the English King (Edward II) to end hostilities against the Scots, so that their energy may be better used to secure the frontiers of Christendom. Nineteen of the original 46 seals remain appended.
Level Item
Publication note There are numerous published versions of the Declaration. Of these the best is Sir James Fergusson, 'The Declaration of Arbroath' (Edinburgh, 1970). Other publications setting the Declaration in context include E J Cowan, 'For Freedom Alone: The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320' (East Linton, 2003) and R M Gibson, 'Freedom is a Noble Thing: Scottish Independence, 1286-1329' (Edinburgh, 1996). The National Records of Scotland also sells a poster with translation and explanatory notes.
Format Manuscript
Language Latin

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