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Declaration of Independence at Arbroath Abbey

31 May 2012

Come along to Arbroath Abbey on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June, 2012, and meet some of the earls and barons who put their name to The Declaration of Arbroath.

Scotland’s nobles swore their independence from England in the declaration, which is arguably the most famous document in Scottish history.

Find out about the bitter feuds between different nobles and see the violent means they took to pursue them.

Alison Stalker, Interpretation Officer at Historic Scotland said: “This colourful event will bring to life the intrigue and drama surrounding this remarkable document.

“Visitors will also be able to learn about Robert the Bruce, and to get up close to history by talking to the re-enactors to discover was life was like in the 14th century.”

This event, for all the family, also includes weaponry displays and calligraphy demonstrations. It runs from noon till 4pm, and is included in the Abbey’s normal admission price –  adult £5.50, concession £4.40, and child £3.30.

Admission is free to Historic Scotland members.

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                    Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

David Gray
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8588 or 07854 366 805