On April 6th, 1320 in the country of Scotland; 8 Earls and 40 Barons representing the whole community and the Kingdom of Scotland signed and sealed a document and delivered it to Pope John XXII in Rome. The Declaration of Arbroath was to confirm the sovereignty and independence of Scotland and pledged their loyalty to their Kingdom and King, Robert The Bruce. It pleaded to the Pope to recognize the unjust invasion of King Edward II of England into independent Scotland and to state that the independence of Scotland was a choice of the Scottish people and not an English King.
Their loyalty to Robert The Bruce is stated:
“To this man, in as much as he saved our people, and for upholding our freedom, we are bound by right as much as by his merits, and choose to follow him in all that he does.”
The Declaration further states their commitment to the cause of independence;
“Yet if he should give up what he has begun, seeking to make us or our kingdom subject to the King of England or the English, we should exert ourselves at once to drive him out as our enemy and a subverter of his own right and ours, and make some other man who was well able to defend us our King; for, as long as a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be subjected to the lordship of the English. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.”
Now, almost 700 years later, April 6th is a Day of Honor and Remembrance in the country of Scotland and for people of Scottish Heritage all over the world.
It is a day of celebrations and festivals, and displaying the Family(Clan) Tartan symbolizing the pride of Scotland and the commitment of those noblemen so long ago.
Today, I celebrate Tartan Day 2016 by displaying as my blog background the tartan of Clan Robertson. I also include the older tartan of Clan Gunn, a progenitor of Clan Robertson. genealogical research cannot determine if my heritage dates all the way back to Clan Gunn, yet. Today’s header banner features a road in the Caithness area of Scotland; homeland to the clan.
If you would like to know more about National Tartan Day, head on over to the American-Scottish Foundation for plenty of links. And for some Modern Scottish folk music to dance to, I’m suggesting SYR and their rendition of“Mo Gràdh”.