Campaign to Return Scotland’s Birth Certificate

‘Scotland’s Birth Certificate’ describes the earliest surviving record of the country’s existence. This ancient document which is 1,000 years old is being held in the national library of France, where it has been since the 17th century.

Margo MacDonald MSP

Margo MacDonald MSP

A campaign has been launched top return this unique piece of Scotland’s past returned to Scotland. MSP Margo MacDonald and archaeologist and presenter of the BBC’s ‘The History of Scotland’ Neil Oliver, are actively joining the campaign.

The Manuscript contains the very first mention of the country Albanium – the Latinised version of the Gaelic name for Scotland. The rare text is a list of the 12 Kings of the House of Alpin – Scotland’s first Royal Family. And charts the particularly bloody decade of Scotland’s history from the reign of Kenneth MacAlpin to Kenneth II, who died in 995. It explains how Scotland was unified under the Alpin family.

Translations of the text reveal a very bloody account of each of the Kings and their achievements. Of Kenneth I it says “He attacked Saxonia six times; and burnt down Dunbar and captured Melrose”, but that he died of a “tumour” in the palace of Fortevoit. The authors also wrote of their intollerance of what was considered failure of King Aed, who ruled from 877 to 878, it was written: “The shortness of his rule has left nothing memorable to history; but he was killed in the town of Nrurim”.

We at ScotClans will be avidly following this campaign and are extremely keen to read a translation of this document in full.


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2 thoughts on “Campaign to Return Scotland’s Birth Certificate

  1. Laura Phares-Wilson

    It is extremely important for the document to be returned to Scotland. For the French to be in possession of it is no different than Russia being in possession of the original United States Constitution. It is imperative that descendants of the Kings of Dalraida may have access to the written achievements of their ancestors and the people of Scotland may look up to the real Royal ancestors.

  2. Kenneth Dowell McCrary -Atkins

    I am descended from the McAlpine,McQuarrie (McCrary) clans. My middle name Dowell was also a prominent name even though I can find very little information about them. Nancy Dowell (Doctor) from Tennessee was my great-great Aunt.from which my middle name came from. Dr.Dowell Womack McCrary was my Grandfather. He was from Jackson Co. Alabama and received his Degree from Memphis State University around 1920-1930 the best I can find out. I am glad to be Scotch Irish.


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