Last year was the 700th anniversary of the declaration of Arbroath. Unfortunately this celebration was interrupted and postponed until this year, yet again we find ourselves in a sticky situation where we cannot emirs ourselves in a day celebrated for Scotland’s right to be a nation, sowing the seeds of modern democracy.
The importance of this event - When the Declaration travelled to Arbroath, it had gained support along the way, with the seals of Scotland’s nobles attached. It was then floated off from Arbroath Harbour to the Pope in Avignon on the 6th April 1320. In this period Arbroath Abbey and the town Arbikie has been born and bred, was right at the heart of Scotland’s power and politics. Therefore it is this achievement that has helped shape the heritage and provenance of the land Arbikie thrives upon.
However, the 701st Anniversary has been branded as Arbroath 2020+1 and commences celebrations in July 2021. Spread over a two month period. Updates about the events can be found here. Closing the celebrations there will be a sound and visual performance, hosted at Lunan Bay. As many of you may know, Lunan Bay is just a stones throw from Arbikie Distillery.
Blessed to have this on our door step, the prefect space for such a celebration, we will sit tight until September for the celebrations.
However, today (also known as Tartan Day), we will be raising a glass to Scottish freedom, alongside our family and friends In America and Canada.