For 700 years the Declaration of Arbroath has been one of Scotland’s most powerful national symbols. In this book, Andrew Redmond Barr celebrates the Declaration as one of the earliest foundation stones of Scottish identity, and explores its profound impact on modern ideas of freedom and democracy.
Cover Design & Illustrations
‘Beautifully illustrated and powerfully argued … a well-researched, feisty, readable and timely reminder of Scotland’s distinctive democratic roots.’ – Lesley Riddoch
‘Andrew tells the story of Scotland’s Declaration of Independence with a rare artistic sensibility that is in harmony with the original inspirational document, yet enhances it with the charm and beauty of the illustrations.’ – Billy Kay
‘This book is the work of a keen aesthetic intelligence, characterised by humane sympathy and outward-looking national commitment. It is an investment in matters of value, like the original Declaration itself.’ – Alan Riach
‘A lively, attractive and accessible account of one of the foundation documents of the polity of Scotland.’ – James Robertson
‘Every household in Scotland should have this book. Andrew has truly liberated Scotland’s liberation document. He has lifted it out from the constrains of academia and put it into the hands of every Scottish citizen.’ – Elspeth King
“A fitting celebration of a key document. It works both as tribute, a reclamation and restatement of its principles in the modern age. A big hat tip to Andrew and the Saltire Society for marking this historic anniversary with this book of gorgeous design and imagination.” – Gerry Hassan
Scots Radio Interview
What was the Declaration of Arbroath and why was it written? Here’s my 5 minute guide for the Scots Radio, covering its history, legacy – and my illustration project with the Saltire Society. Listen here.
Working in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland and the National Records of Scotland, I produced an illustrated schools pack on the history and legacy of the Declaration. Aimed at primary ages, the pack covers various parts of the curriculum including history, literary and the arts. The pack is now free to download here.
The Illustrated Declaration of Arbroath was launched on Friday the 8th of November 2019 at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh. Many commemorative events including a book tour around the 700th anniversary in April 2020 were sadly cancelled or postponed due to the Coronavirus.
If you run a group which would like to hear a talk on the Illustrated Declaration of Arbroath in future, please get in touch.