Posted by Kate on April 04, 1999 at 16:21:34:
Hello to all my fellow residents of Mohicanland!
Well? Have you all got your bit of tartan ready for Tuesday? Did I hear someone ask why? Well - April 6th is the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, signed here in Arbroath in our local Abbey (built in 1278)on April 6, 1320.
So, what does that have to do with us, I hear you ask? The Scottish Declaration of Independence also provides a strong link between Scotland and the U.S.A. The Declaration penned by Abbot Bernard de Linton, inspired some of the wording on the American Declaration of Independence. As a result, the United States has selected April 6th as its National Tartan Day holiday to recognise the contribution of Scots to the development and shaping of the American nation.
'... for so long as a hundred of us remain alive, we never will in any degree be subject to the dominion of the English. Since it is not for glory, riches or honours that we fight, but for liberty alone which no good man loses but with his life...'
Declaration of Arbroath
April 6, 1320.
The signing of the Declaration of Arbroath is being re-enacted this Tuesday in the Abbey (which is mostly a ruin now) and again on August 31.
So you see, through our Declarations of Independence, we are truly 'brothers and sisters'! My ancestors helped yours build a nation! You all have such interesting antecedents (such as 'Champ'!), and such a wonderful history! With this (I know, *very tenuous*!!) link, could I, PLEASE, be considered an honorary part of your American 'family'? Will this qualify me for a cabin in the settlement alongside Miss Marcia's? I do hope so! I'm ever such a good neighbour! There is never any noise or trouble at my door!(cough, splutter, lie, lie!!(well, we Scots love a good ceilidh!) :0)
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