Alba gu bràth

In honor of National Tartan Day (April 3 this year), from the Declaration of Arbroath, made by Scottish lairds to the Pope in 1320:

For as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is 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.

The Scots have never been truly brought under the heel of a foreign tyranny. It is not an accident that our freedoms in America have been largely secured by those we call the Scots-Irish, hardy descendants of the mainland Scots.

Alba gu bràth, Scotland forever.

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