Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Happy Tartan Day!

April 6th is a day of celebration of all things Scottish, and in particular Scottish Heritage.  Officially recognized by the government of Canada late last year, Tartan Day continues to spread and gain recognition throughout the world.

The day of April 6th was chosen to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, 691 years ago today.  In honour of this occasion I've taken the liberty of quoting from one of the Declaration's more famous lines:

"Yet if he 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."

If you would like to read the declaration of Arbroath in full, please click here.  If instead you would prefer to see it in its original Latin, click here instead.

Alba gu bràth!