THE DECLARATION OF ARBROATH, 1320-2020
at Newbattle Abbey College
23 – 25 April 2020
The decision to compose and send to the Pope at Avignon the letter known to history as the Declaration of Arbroath is thought to have been made at a meeting of King Robert I’s Council at Newbattle Abbey near Dalkeith in the spring of 1320. In recognition of the Declaration’s septcentenary, its significance in the history of political theory, and its ongoing, if controversial, role in Scotland’s political discourse, an international conference will be held at Newbattle – since 1937 Scotland’s ‘life-changing residential adult education college’ – from 23 to 25 April 2020.
Organised in association with the Scottish Historical Review – and with support from a major Arts and Humanities Research Board research project – the conference aims to be of interest both to scholars and to a broader public. The intention is to cover topics relevant both to the origins and historical context of the Declaration and also to its influence and legacy since the Middle Ages through to the present. Themes will include popular sovereignty and national identity; constitutional and legal implications; Anglo-Scottish relations; international contexts and parallels; medieval texts; the Declaration in literature; history and heritage.
We want to encourage the widest possible participation in addition to those presenting papers.