ARBROATH…..A Special Place in Scottish History

Arbroath

The Harbour at Arbroath

Post Card pretty the harbour at Arbroath is now a leisure marina….but for many centuries it was both a busy trading port and had its own substantial Fishing Fleet, now all that has all but gone.  Visitors to Arbroath taking a look behind this colourful frontage will find a town that has seen better days, and it shows.

In fact those better days go back an awful long way in Scotland’s History and a good deal of that history was centred around the Abbey.  Arbroath Abbey founded in 1128 was sponsored by King William the Lion.  It was here in the Abbey in 1320 that the “Declaration of Independence” was signed by the then Scottish Parliament.

Scotland goes to the Polls on the 18th September to vote on a Referendum to either stay in the U.K. or become a fully independent Country.  There can be no bigger issue, in modern history, for the people of Scotland to cast their votes.

I make no plea for the voters.  They have already been subject to a noisy and at times ill tempered debate, none of which I feel, has helped those unsure in their decision making.

But what I do hope is that whatever the outcome of the Referendum, that once proud places such as Arbroath and there are many such places, can be helped to once again provide the base for sound economic local communities.

Arbroath-Abbey

Arbroath Abbey

14th September

(C) David Oakes 2014