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 The governor’s official proclamation states that April 6 was chosen as Tartan Day due to the fact that “the Scottish Parliament, meeting at Arbroath Abbey, sent a declaration to pope John XXII that asserted the independence of Scotland” on April 6, 1320. This statement, however, is historically and factually inaccurate. First, up until the 1640s, the “Scottish Parliament” was in fact part of the king’s court. Second, the Declaration of Arbroath, composed by an unknown person (usually thought to be Bernard, Abbot of Arbroath), was appended with the seals of various Scottish nobles, not the parliament. Finally, there is no record of any meeting of nobles at Arbroath Abbey on April 6, 1320.
Michael Follon
Glenrothes, Fife, SCOTLAND,