Dec­la­ra­tion of Ar­broath is given a makeover

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

The Dec­la­ra­tion of Ar­broath is widely re­garded as the most im­por­tant doc­u­ment in the his­tory of Scot­land.

Now it is set to be turned into a lav­ish “cof­fee ta­ble-style” book to mark its 700th an­niver­sary.

The Dec­la­ra­tion of Ar­broath was signed by eight earls and 31 barons at Ar­broath Abbey in 1320.

It was sent to the Pope ask­ing him to recog­nise Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence and ac­knowl­edge Robert the Bruce as the coun­try’s law­ful king.

An Ed­in­burgh-based artist, il­lus­tra­tor and writer plans to “bring to life” the fa­mous let­ter which states: “... for, as long as but a hun­dred of us re­main alive, never will we on any con­di­tions be brought un­der English rule”.

An­drew Barr said his new ver­sion would in­clude a full English trans­la­tion of the doc­u­ment, be­lieved to be the in­spi­ra­tion for the Amer­i­can Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence, as part of a “21st-cen­tury il­lu­mi­nated man­u­script”.

The il­lus­trated ver­sion will ex­plore how it came to be writ­ten dur­ing Scot­land’s wars of in­de­pen­dence with Eng­land and how it has been per­ceived dur­ing dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal eras.

Mr Barr said it would also “ex­am­ine ideas of com­mu­nity and peo­ple power, and ask what free­dom means in to­day’s world”.

Robert the Bruce

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