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The Declaration of Arbroath

6 April 1320

The Founding Fathers of the fledgling United States drew upon this document for inspiration as they drafted the statements that would pave the way for the emerging nation. Some of the sentiments expressed may sound familiar. That is not an accident.

"It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."

Full text -  Declaration of Arbroath

On the 6th of April each year, the world celebrates the contributions of the Scots to civilization. The date was chosen because it was on 6 April 1320 that the Declaration of Arbroath was signed.  The name, Tartan Day, was selected because, of all the distinctive things that may be associated with the Scots, it is the wearing of tartan that most readily identifies him and his ilk.

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