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This Tironensian abbey founded by William the Lion
in 1178 is famous as the place where the Declaration
of Arbroath was made on 6 April 1320, declaring
Robert the Bruce as king and asserting Scotland’s
independence from the English. The famous
declaration by a group of Scottish barons was sent to
Pope John XXII.

The abbey was dedicated to Thomas Becket and
boasts one of the most outstanding examples of an
abbot’s house. Parts of the church and the domestic
buildings remain.

Arbroath Abbey became the second richest religious
house in Scotland, after Kelso, but it escaped the
ravages of the English which plagued the great abbeys
of the Borders. However, there were several outbreaks
of fire here, and the abbey was attacked by reformers
from Dundee.

Facilities include a visitor centre and easy access for
wheelchairs. There is also a picnic area.


The Declaration of ArbroathThe Declaration of Arbroath, 6 April, 1320, is one of the most remarkable documents to have been produced anywhere in medieval Europe. Quoted by many, understood by few, its historical significance has now almost been overtaken by its mythic status. Since 1998, the US Senate has claimed that the American Declaration of Independence is modeled upon 'the inspirational document' of Arbroath, and 6 April is celebrated annually as a day of national significance to all Americans, especially those of Scottish descent. To date, such claims have not been the subject of scholarly investigation; this is the first book-length study to examine the origins of the Declaration and the ideas upon which it drew, while tracing the rise of its mystic status in Scotland and exploring its possible impact upon Revolutionary America. For Freedom Alone: The Declaration of Arbroath.

The Declaration of ArbroathThe Declaration of Arbroath: History, Significance, Setting An absorbing and stimulating collection of essays on the most enduringly fascinating medieval Scottish document and its context, local, national and international, from its medieval origins to its modern iconic status in Scotland and across the world.

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