Crown copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP13/7

Newbattle Abbey College, in association with the Scottish Historical Review presents….

International Conference
at Newbattle Abbey College
22 – 24 April 2021

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 22 to 24 April 2021.

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.

Newbattle Abbey is a residential college. The cost of attendance with full board, Thursday evening till Saturday late-afternoon, including a conference dinner on Friday 23 April and the conference fee, will be waged = £312.00 / students and unwaged = £282.00. There is a non-residential full daily rate which will be waged = £48.00 / students and unwaged = £24.00 (note this rate applies only for Friday and Saturday as Thursday evening attendance is not charged). Attendance as a non-residential to the conference dinner on Friday 23 April 2021 will be waged = £78.00 / students and unwaged = £54.00. Please note that these prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%. Payment for this conference can be made by BACS or by cheque.

If you require further details regarding registration or payment, please email the Conference Organising Committee:

Newbattle Abbey College is accessible by bus from Edinburgh Bus Station (approx 40 mins) or taxi from Waverley Station and central Edinburgh; or by pre-booked taxi (5-10 minutes) from Eskbank station on the Borders Railway. Newbattle Abbey College is also a 20 minute walk from either Newtongrange or Eskbank Rail Stations.