The National Wallace Monument

William Wallace Monument

William Wallace Monument

The National Wallace Monument (generally known as the Wallace Monument) is a tower standing on the summit of Abbey Craig, a hilltop near Stirling in Scotland. It commemorates Sir William Wallace (c. 1270-1305), the 13th century Scottish national hero, who lead the fight for Scottish independence against Edward I of England.

Old Stirling Bridge and Wallace Monument

Old Stirling Bridge and Wallace Monument

The tower was constructed following a fundraising campaign, which accompanied a resurgence of Scottish national identity in the 19th century. The monument, built in the Victorian style of architecture, was completed in 1869.

Spiral Staircase

Spiral Staircase

The tower stands on the Abbey Craig, a volcanic crag above Cambuskenneth Abbey, from which Wallace was said to have watched the gathering of the army of King Edward I of England, just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge. My husband and I climbed the 246 step spiral staircase to the viewing gallery inside the monument’s crown. The view provides expansive views of the Ochil Hills and the Forth Valley. Below are photographs taken from the viewing gallery.

Viewing Gallery at the Top

Viewing Gallery at the Top

The Great Hall of Stirling Castle From the Top

The Great Hall of Stirling Castle From the Top

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

View From the Top

View of the Battlefield From the Top

 

View From the Top

View From the Top

A number of artifacts believed to have belonged to Wallace are on display inside the monument, including the Wallace Sword–a 5′, 4″ long sword weighing almost six pounds. Inside is also a Hall of Heroes, a series of busts of famous Scots, effectively a small national Hall of Fame.

William Wallace

William Wallace

Wallace Sword

Wallace Sword

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stained Glass Window

Stained Glass Window

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Knox

John Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The monument is being renovated for the 2014 Year of Homecoming Scotland.

Braveheart

Braveheart

The movie Braveheart, with Mel Gibson, was based on the life of William Wallace and his fight for independence. Wallace was captured and executed by the English before Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) led the Scots to independence at the Battle of Bannockburn (1314) not far from the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge (1297).

About Brenda B. Taylor

The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication. Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.
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2 Responses to The National Wallace Monument

  1. Freda Haynie says:

    Beth, I loved this – Mel looks a lot better than the real William 🙂 Would love for us all to get together one more time – love you

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