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The Declaration of Arbroath

The Declaration of Arbroath


Letter written by the barons and the whole community of the kingdom of Scotland to Pope John XXII asking him to recognise Scotland's independence and acknowledge Robert the Bruce as the country's lawful king.

The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320

Credit: Mike Brooks © Queen’s Printer for Scotland, NRS, SP13/7 (Link to the Online Catalogue entry)