Arbroath: Scotland’s original declaration of independence

The Scottish diaspora celebrates National Tartan Day today, a celebration that includes Australia, Canada and the United States, of the Scots who have spread around the world. 

In this video professor and author Ted Cowan talks about the historical links of the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath and the American Declaration of Independence, and the possibility that Arbroath influenced American independence.

The Declaration of Arbroath is a letter to Pope John XXII stating Scotland’s status as an independent, sovereign state. It’s weighted this year, as Scotland debates separation from England in a referendum to be held in September.