Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey was founded in 1178 by William the Lion. It is best known for its association with the Declaration of Arbroath, 1320, in which Scottish nobles swore their independence from England.

Its distinctive red stone makes it one of the prettiest ruins in Scotland.

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We had tried to tour this special place twice before on earlier trips. It is perhaps testimony to how in awe I was of the site that I took so few pictures.

Declaration of Arbroath:
For as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is 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.

The same above on a plaque we bought there, and brought home to remember:

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