The Declaration of Arbroath is to go on public display next year, marking 700 years since it was created.

The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh will be its home for one month, giving the public a rare chance to view the historic document.

It will be the first time in 15 years it has gone on public display and will be available to view from March 27 to April 26 next year.

The Declaration is one of Scotland's most important historical documents and dates back to April 6, 1320.

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It was written by the barons and freeholders of Scotland, on behalf of the Kingdom of Scotland, to Pope John XXII asking him to recognise Scotland's independence and acknowledge Robert the Bruce as the country's lawful king.

Alice Blackwell, curator of medieval archaeology and history at National Museums Scotland said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to display the Declaration of Arbroath here at the National Museum of Scotland.

"It is a hugely significant document and a vital piece of Scotland’s history.

"We look forward to welcoming many visitors next year to enjoy the rare opportunity of seeing this iconic document close up.”

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Paul Lowe, chief executive of National Records of Scotland, said: “National Records of Scotland is delighted to help display this famous and fragile document for Scots and for visitors from further afield.

"The Declaration of Arbroath is a key treasure in our extensive collections and we’re very proud of the role we play in conserving this hugely significant historical artifact for future generations.”