William Wallace, Elderslie, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the Wallace Monument in Elderslie, about 14 miles west of Glasgow. ( This is not to be confused with the more famous-and more imposing – Wallace Monument  near Stirling in central Scotland.)

Hard facts concerning early life and family are elusive. However, one school of thought suggest he was born to minor nobility in Elderslie and educated at nearby Paisley Abbey.

There is no doubt that Wallace was an effective leader during the Scottish resistance to attempts at English domination known as the ‘Wars of Independence’ during the late 13th and early 14th centuries. A Wallace led army defeated an English force at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 after which Wallace was appointed  ‘Guardian of Scotland’, a position which he held until defeat at Battle of Falkirk in 1298.

Wallace was eventually betrayed, in 1305 and executed that year in London.

The Elderslie memorial was erected in 1912 on a site close to where he (Wallace) was born and grew up but there is no absolute evidence linking Wallace to this specific location.

William Wallace has gained fame in recent years through the popular film Braveheart.

Here is a video clip of the Elderslie Monument with inscription.

William Wallace Monument, Elderslie, Scotland

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