Crane Your Neck — Square Tops #07

Hi all 😁 My latest entry for Becky’s Square Tops Challenge.

Stood near the base of the crane, I had to “crane” my neck to see the top πŸ˜‚

Tower crane
Tower crane

For freedom alone…

This is a brilliant read; a brief history of The Declaration of Arbroath on its 700th anniversary. The attached video is also well worth viewing, with a bit more in-depth background. Again, Hilary has done a fantastic job, & I fully recommend taking the time to read this post πŸ˜ƒ

Tigh a' Mhaide

β€œIt is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.”

Declaration of Arbroath, April 6, 1320

These are the most famous lines from one of Scotland’s best-known historical documents, The Declaration of Arbroath.

Written 700 years ago and dated April 6, 1320, the Declaration of Arbroath was one of three letters sent to Pope John XXII in Avignon as part of diplomatic correspondence during the Scottish Wars of Independence. Coming after King Robert the Bruce’s victory against Edward II of England at Bannockburn, the letter was part of King Robert’s efforts to gain recognition from the Pope of his right to rule and of Scotland’s independence. After 1314, King Robert was widely recognised internationally as Scotland’s lawful ruler, but not by England or the papacy.

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Arbroath 700 Years on

Hi all 😁

Today marks the 700th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, a letter sent to the Pope on 6th April 1320, declaring Scotland as an independant nation.

Many of us were intending visiting this historic town today to mark the occasion & on Saturday to march for independance for Scotland. With the current global pandemic, all plans were rightly shelved and the march postponed.

I therefore bring Arbroath to you, so we can all be there in spirit, if not in body.

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