Centre for Lifelong Learning

Declaration of Arbroath Family History Project

The University of Strathclyde Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme is launching the Declaration of Arbroath Family History Project in association with the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy just as the new Netflix film on King Robert the Bruce Outlaw King is released (9 November). 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 new Project will see both students and staff carry out research into these individuals and their families, culminating in an exhibition which it is hoped will tour several venues. It will also involve a genetic genealogy strand, to discover previously unknown descents from these individuals through DNA testing.


For more information on the Declaration of Arbroath Family History Project, please contact Graham Holton, Principal Tutor by emailing g.s.holton@strath.ac.uk