The Declaration of Arbroath Family History Project
The University of Strathclyde Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme launched the Declaration of Arbroath Family History Project in association with the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy in October 2018. King Robert’s mission, to gain recognition for Scotland as an independent nation, particularly from England, following the Scottish War of Independence, led to the creation of a letter to the Pope in 1320, which has become known as the Declaration of Arbroath. The letter was sent on behalf of the nobles and barons of Scotland, many of whom were named in and attached their seals to the document. The documentary strand of the Project saw both students and staff carry out research into these individuals and their families. It also involved a genetic genealogy strand, to discover previously unknown descents from these individuals through DNA testing.
It is hoped that at some point an exhibition focussing on the Project will be held at Arbroath Abbey.
The official report on the Project - Declaration of Arbroath Family History Project: report / Graham S Holton and Alasdair F Macdonald. Vowchurch, Hereford: Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, 2020 - was published in 2020 and is available to purchase through the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy online shop at https://fmg.ac/shop/arbroath-report