Declaration of Arbroath

Former U.S. Senate Chaplain and Saint Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C. President Lloyd Ogilvie (left) and U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) at Tartan Day 2000 Ceremony.

Americans of Scottish descent have played a vibrant and influential role in the development of the United States. From the framers of the Declaration of Independence to the first man on the moon, Scottish-Americans have contributed mightily to the fields of the arts, science, politics, law, and more. Today, over eleven million Americans claim Scottish and Scotch-Irish roots -- making them the eighth largest ethnic group in the United States. These are the people and the accomplishments that are honored on National Tartan Day, April 6th.

This date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on this day in 1320, which asserted Scotland's sovereignty over English territorial claims, and which was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence.


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