No, not the new election slogan from the Scottish National Party, but the opening line of the Declaration of Arbroath! The story of the declaration is explained in a news piece from the National Archives of Scotland on its website at www.nas.gov.uk/about/090401.asp.
The American Declaration of Independence is said to have been inspired by the Declaration of Arbroath, but ten years ago I came across a slightly more disturbing interpratation of its message and principles. Whilst filming a television series called Celtic America in the USA for STV, we had to record a parade by the modern Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee, as part of the story. The Grand Pixie, or Great Wizard (I forget his title), handed me a booklet on the Declaration of Arbroath, claiming it provided a justification for the Klan's beliefs. I suspect someone missed the point there really...!
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