Signed and sealed by 38 Scots Lords and summarily conveyed by Sir Adam Gordon to the papal court in Avignon to "our Lord the Supreme Pontiff" (Pope John XXII) by the people of Scotland, the Declaration of Arbroath is quite possibly the most eloquent, influential and compelling document ever penned by mankind. Most likely written by the Abbot of the abbey, Bernard de Linton, who was also the Chancellor of Scotland it is dated 6 April 1320. (The date adopted to acknowledge the vast contributions of the Scots people by the United States government and known as Tartan Day.) Scholars will forever debate the intent especially given the first expression of contractual monarchy therein.
'Yet if he (Bruce) should give up what he has begun, and agree to make us or our kingdom subject to the King of England or the English, we should exert ourselves at once to drive him out as our enemy and a subverter of his own rights and ours, and make some other man who was well able to defend us our King; for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. 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.'
Whether a work of diplomatic statesmanship, or the emergence of a "radical" western constitutional thought, the document also served to justify the avoidance of Scots fighting in the Crusades while they attempted to purge their lands of the English army under Edward II. While they remained under excommunication the Pope accepted the Scottish case.
The two most powerful sentences of the Declaration of Arbroath, painstakingly, reverently and respectfully, hand engraved by Ruraidh Malcolmson, Hamilton & Inches' specialist hand engraver, onto their glorious straight-sided hallmarked sterling silver beakers.
Single beaker (please choose)
(1) For so long as there shall but one hundred of us remain alive we will never give consent to subject ourselves to the dominion of the English.
(2)...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.
Pair of beakers come with one of each sentence engraved with a presentation box
Your purchase will provide unrestricted financial resources to endow the acquisition fund for the National Museum of Scotland.Note to customers: There are a multitude of translations from the original Latin of the Declaration of Arbroath. The text provided is but one of these translations. To ensure symmetry regarding the number of words and of characters contained in each sentence, we reviewed some 15 separate translations. Although they do not match the text supplied within our offering, the selected sentences offered, achieved our goal of providing a balanced design for the engraving of each.