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Wallace’s Warriors

Because of our plans to incorporate a William Wallace visitor centre into the redeveloped Barony St. John church buildings, we were asked to participate in the Ardrossan Castle Gala Day parade yesterday – as William Wallace and his band of Warriors!!

The catch was that I would be dressed as Wallace complete with a massive big William Wallace head…..and we would be doing a Gaelic hakka!

Now, for those of you who don’t know, a hakka is what the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team do at the start of all their games. It’s a traditional Maori war dance made to scare the enemies off – so our dance had to be similar but in Gaelic – and performed while marching in an parade. What could be easier? 🙂

The day itself went really well as the photos below show.

        

Our “Warriors” consisted of instructors and supporters of my charity (The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety) as well as police officers, members of the Tai Chi club who use the Barony St John Centre and some blind people who come to our personal safety lessons.

It was a really good representation of our charity and a brilliant community event to be involved with.

Official Opening – the return of William Wallace

As I mentioned in my last post (Omen 9 – The Wallace omen), martial arts legend Bill “Superfoot” Wallace agreed to officially open our Centre in the former Barony St. John church in Ardrossan – in this year that also marked the 720th anniversary of the original William Wallace freeing Ardrossan from English rule by storming Ardrossan Castle and slaughtering the English garrison.

Bill absolutely loved his time here – as these photos will testify. 😀

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Bill is one of the most memorable, colourful characters I’ve ever met from the martial arts world. A true ambassador for sport. All of my team were enthralled by him.

 

Omen 9 – The Wallace Omen

Last year, I was at a martial ardsc01280ts show in England and I got talking to two martial arts legends, Pat le Hoang and Bill “Superfoot” Wallace.

For those of you who don’t know, Bill got his nickname due to the speed of his kicks which were once measured at over 60mph.

American-born Bill retired undefeated from competition in 1980 after being the Professional Karate Association (PKA) Middleweight Champion for six years. He was Elvis Preslebill-wallacey’s bodyguard and personal trainer from 1974 until his death in 1977 and founded Elvis’s Memphis karate club for him.

He was elected into Black Belt Magazine’s Hall of Fame in 1973 as “Tournament Karate Fighter of the Year” and again in 1978 as “Man of the Year”.

Despite retiring from competition over three decades ago, Bill continues to be one of the martial arts most popular figures, writing several books and appearing in over twenty movies including “A Force of One” with Chuck Norris; “The Protector” with Jackie Chan; “A Prayer for the Dying” with Mickey Rourke; and most recently “The Operative” with Michael DePasquale Jr.

We had a great time together last year and even went out for a few drinks later (although Bill doesn’t touch alcohol and sticks to Coke).

Skip forward to this year, and last  month I was talking to an English friend of mine about Scottish legend, William Wallace and he called him “Bill”. It then dawned on me that Bill “Superfoot” Wallace was actually called William Wallace!!

Now, I’ve already mentioned in previous posts about my intention to open a William Wallace Visitor Centre in the former Barony St. John church in Ardrossan and this now struck me as a bit of a coincidence as I now knew another William Wallace. “Wouldn’t it be good” I pondered, “If Bill Wallace could officially open our Centre giving it a William Wallace connection.”

Pie in the sky though, as Bill lives in Miami and doesn’t get to the UK much, never mind Scotland LOL.

Then, three weeks ago I get a phone call from a martial arts friend in London – Bill Wallace is coming over for a UK tour and is going to be in Glasgow at the end of September.

Now, as you know, I’m a great believer in fate and so I took a chance and contacted Bill to see if he could squeeze in a visit – and lo and behold he could. 😀

Not only that, when I picked Bill up to take him across to Ardrossan on the west coast of Scotland, he told me that back in the 1970’s the USA karate team came to Scotland for a tour. They had visited Edinburgh and were on their way to Dundee when Bill saw a castle ruin and asked the tour bus to stop. He ran out and across the fields towards the castle, zig zagging along various paths as if he had run along them a thousand times before. His team mates had trouble keeping up and finding the right path.

When they found Bill, he was in the ruin of the castle at a plinth which said that William Wallace had stormed the castle back in the 13th Century. Nobody present knew this existed – including Bill. Spooky, eh?

On his return to America, Bill decided to find out more about his family roots and discovered that his grandmother had indeed been Scottish and had emigrated from Scotland to America. Bill then contacted The Society of William Wallace and told them where his grandmother had been born and they confirmed that it was “highly likely” that he was descended from the original William Wallace.

Now that has got to be an omen!

What are the chances of me meeting a Wallace from America who agrees to open my Centre and then reveals that he is descended from the original William Wallace?

imageNot only that, but I thought it might be a good idea to link Bill and William together as this year not only marks the opening of our Centre in Ardrossan but is also the 720th anniversary of William “Braveheart” Wallace’s takeover of Ardrossan Castle.

To mark this, I had arranged for Bill to be photographed at Ardrossan Castle behind my church with a Wallace sword.

Now that IS an omen!

Wallace art

We have been lucky enough to have another local artist, John ‘Josimo’ Paterson, contact us with an offer to paint William Wallace themed murals around the internal walls of the Barony St. John church building which will link in nicely with our planned William Wallace Visitor Centre.

John’s work has been showcased at various art exhibitions around the world including London and presently, Paris. He has also won the ‘Best Global Artist’ award in Vienna and the ‘Best Graphics’ award in Romania and he has very generously offered to paint a variety of murals around the upper floor gallery and entrance to the church building.

John’s painting of William and Marion will give you an idea of how lifelike his paintings are.

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Imagine scenes including the taking of Ardrossan Castle and you’ll begin to see the wonderful images we hope to showcase on the walls of the Barony St. John…….now that’s a Wow Factor!!

John’s style can be traditional life drawings as above or more modern paintings as shown below – “Ostara – First Day of Spring” and “Don Juan”.

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I love both the styles – the traditional would obviously fit with the historical theme of Wallace as well as the church, whereas the modern look would give the church a contemporary, up to date feel to it.

I particularly love the Ostara – First Day of Spring painting as it has so many hidden aspects – the jigsaw fields moving from the shadowy winter to the colourful Spring, the rabbits hidden in plain sight, the owl, the flowers for Mother Nature’s hair, the different types of flowers, etc.

Wonderful.

Check out Josimo’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/lovejosimo – for more of his wonderful artwork.

I’m sure you will agree that this will also look fantastic especially when connected with our William Wallace Visitor Centre (see my previous post).

But what style would YOU choose for the wall murals?

The Ardrossan Sarcophagus

We have had North Ayrshire Heritage Centre in Saltcoats in touch with us suggesting that The William Wallace Visitor Centre house the “Ardrossan Sarcophagus”.

This stone coffin measuring 223cm x 88cm x 68cm was discovered in 1911 by Council workers who were landscaping the remains of old Ardrossan Church, on Castle Hill.

It is one of the finest known examples of lowland Scottish medieval sculpture.

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There has been much speculation as to who was buried in the coffin. The ornate floriate cross, sheathed sword and fleur-de-lys and trefoil ornamentation carved on the lid suggest that it contained one of the Barons or Lords of Ardrossan from the 13th or 14th centuries (around the same time as William Wallace). The lower section of the sarcophagus is hollowed out in the shape of a man with a raised ‘pillow” for the head.

Apparently, it has been a bone of contention that The Ardrossan Sarcophagus is now sited in Saltcoats and there is much local support to have it returned to Ardrossan.

It also seems fitting that the sarcophagus is re-sited in the former Barony St. John Church as it was originally put on display here from 9th October 1950 until some point in 1958 when it was moved to the newly opened North Ayrshire Heritage Centre.

Now, add this to the other items we hope to display in The William Wallace Visitor Centre – the magnificent Spirit of Wallace statue, a replica of his sword and the two letters of provenance taken from him when he was captured – and you begin to realise what a wonderful visitor centre this make for enthusiasts of Wallace, the 13th Century and tourists alike. 🙂

Wallace in Ayrshire & his violent death

In a post last month, The William Wallace Visitor Centre, I described our plans for opening ‘The William Wallace Visitor Centre’ and some of the artifacts we have managed to secure for it.

I’ve since been doing a little research, particularly as to Wallace’s potential roots in Ayrshire where our Barony St. John buildings are located, and found this amazing article on East Ayrshire Council’s website;

“East Ayrshire played a formative part in William Wallace’s early life, and saw many of his activities. In the medieval period, the Wallace’s held the Barony of Riccarton – an area encompassed by the modern Kilmarnock suburbs of Riccarton, Caprington, Shortlees and Bellfield, along with the surrounding countryside and the village of Hurlford.

Intriguing evidence for Ayrshire as Wallace’s home comes from the seal on the Lubeck Letter (mentionedWallace-seal-320 in my ‘The William Wallace Visitor Centre’ post) sent by Wallace and the dying Sir Andrew Murray to the traders of Lubeck and Hamburg following their victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. Wallace’s seal (shown) describes him in Latin as “William, son of Alan Wallace” (another omen for me? William’s father has the same name as myself 🙂 ).

An ‘Alan Wallace’ is among those Crown tenants of Ayrshire who made their humiliating submission to King Edward I, the Hammer of the Scots, through the infamous Ragman’s Roll of 1296.

There is a local legend that William Wallace was born at a place called Ellerslie near Kilmarnock. An early reference to an Elderslie near Kilmarnock supposedly appeared in the notebooks written by the map maker Timothy Pont in the 1590s. Although the maps have now been lost, a 19th century collection of notes allegedly contains a copy of Pont’s notes, which describes lands on either side of the River Irvine.

On the south side of the river ncraigie castleear Riccarton is Caprington, the notes say. Riccarton and Caprington exist to this day. Due south of there, between Caprington and Craigie Castle the notes refer to a place called Elderslie.”

(This is the same spelling as the Elderslie mentioned in Blind Harry’s famous poem “The Acts and Deeds of Sir William Wallace, Knight of Elderslie”, written around 1470 – perhaps he got it wrong and his Elderslie was not in fact not in Renfrewshire as historians say but in Ayrshire).

“Both Elderslie and Caprington are described as lying within the Barony of Riccarton.

If this Elderslie existed, it is now lost.

East Ayrshire has many place names and sites associated with Wallace and Robert the Bruce – not surprisingly, since Ayrshire was a focal point for the fierce skirmishes, bloody battles and other depredations of the Wars of Independence, which broke out in 1296. This was in no small part due to its strategic importance. The main east-west route from Edinburgh to the Clyde Coast came past Loudoun Hill and along the Irvine Valley, while the main north-south route ran through Cumnock and New Cumnock. These strategic routes crossed at Kilmarnock.

Wallace’s rebellion against Edward I’s rule is understood to have begun when he killed the Sheriff of Lanark in May 1297.”

(I guess the date of his rebellion can be disputed as we know that he took Ardrossan Castle, slaughtering the English garrison, in 1296 and it is unlikely that he would have been named “Guardian of Scotland” after only a few months at war with the English. In fact, he was knighted in 1297 – again unlikely he would have risen so high if he only begun his campaign that same year)

“From Lanark, he ranged throughout Scotland in a campaign of guerrilla warfare. By the very nature of such activity, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where he was and when – but a lot points to him having been active in East Ayrshire. He led a successful ambush of the King’s baggage train at Loudoun Hill in 1297.

Kilmarnock’s Dean Castle has strong Wallace connections. This was the ancestral home of the Boyds, one of whom was with Wallace at the ambush at Loudoun Hill and also at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

Hunted as an outlaw from 1300 onwards, Wallace continued to resist until his betrayal, capture and execution in 1305.

In 1307, a decade after Wallace’s success at Loudoun Hill, Robert Bruce also defeated the King’s forces there in 1307.

It was not until 1312, seven years after Wallace’s death and two years before Bruce’s triumph at the Battle of Bannockburn, that the Scots were able to hold a Parliament. The estates of many of the struggling nation’s prominent noblemen lay in Ayrshire – including not only the Bruces and the Stewards of Scotland, but the Lockharts, Boyds and Crawfords.

Legend

There are many local legends about Wallace, their veracity difficult to determine after the passage of so much time. However, myth does have its place in history and many folk tales, the common memory of a people, are based on facts.

One of the earliest legends relates to an incident involving the young William Wallace in the spring of 1292 or thereabouts, at a site known as the Bickering Bush, by the confluence of the Kilmarnock Water with the River Irvine, near Riccarton and Caprington. This is reputed to have been the site of one of his earliest altercations with the King’s men, when he killed two members of a five-strong patrol who had demanded his catch of fish. The bush where he hid the bodies is reputed to have survived into the 19th century.

Several sites in the Riccarton/Caprington area have been suggested for the location of Riccarton Castle, owned by the Wallaces. One possible site is where Riccarton Parish Church now stands, another is in the vicinity of the fire station in Campbell street and a third is about a quarter of a mile west of the present Caprington housing estate.

It is said that Wallace mustered his support at Mauchline, before the ambush at Loudoun Hill.

The former Blackcraig Castle at New Cumnock is said to be where Wallace spent part of the winter of 1297, after agreeing a temporary truce with the enemy.

Pursued by troops, Wallace is said to have made it to Galston and Lockhart’s Tower (rebuilt later in the middle ages and subsequently referred to as Barr Castle – a structure which still stands). He later made his escape from the Tower by leaping from a window on to a nearby tree.

Another legend associated with that location concerns a particular type of handball game played against one of the walls of the Tower, which Wallace ordered his men to play, in order to keep fit during a break in their action against the King’s forces. The game continued to be played by local people up until World War II.

Two ideas relate to the birthplace of William Wallace’s mother whose name, confusingly, appears as either Jean, Joan or Margaret Crawford, Craufurd, de Craufuird or Crawfoord. Some sources suggest that she may have come from Crosshouse, while others think that she was Margaret de Craufuird, who was born at the former Arclowdon Castle, near the later Loudoun Castle, Galston.

wallacescaveNo heroic tale would be complete without a legendary cave associated with the hero’s exploits, as witnessed by the number of Bruce’s Caves and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Caves. So, legend has it that Wallace hid in Wallace’s Cave, near the present site of Auchinleck House, which was the family home of the writer James Boswell.

Sir William Keith of Galston brought the heart of Robert Bruce back to Scotland from Spain, after an unsuccessful crusade. To this day, the Galston coat of arms incorporates an armoured gauntlet clutching Bruce’s heart.”

What a fascinating article isn’t it?

I think it’s important to explain something that is often glossed over – and that is just how horrific Wallace’s trial and execution were as the term “hung, drawn and quartered” is rarely described. It was the brutality his execution that fuelled Scots to continue in their rebellion until Robert the Bruce’s success in The Battle of Bannock in 1314.

Wallace evaded capture until 5th August 1305 when John de Menteith, a Scottish knight loyal to Edward, turned Wallace over to English soldiers after arranging to meet him at Robroyston near Glasgow.

Wallace was taken to the Tower of London and at his ‘trial’ he famously responded to the treason charge, “I could not be a traWallace_memorialitor to Edward, for I was never his subject.

On 23rd August 1305 (now this is another amazing omen – I was born on 23rd August!!), Wallace was stripped naked and dragged through the city at the heels of a horse to the Elms at Smithfield where he was hanged (until he almost passed out), drawn (first of all, his penis and testicles were removed  to emasculate him, then he was cut open and his intestines and stomach were pulled out and burned in hot oil while still attached to is body) and finally quartered (each quarter was sent to a different area – Stirling, Perth, Berwick and Newcastle – to act as a warning to others who may follow Wallace’s lead). His head was dipped in tar to preserve it and placed on a pike staff at London Bridge for all to celebrate his death.

This plaque stands in a wall of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in Smithfield, London near to the site of Wallace’s execution.

Wallace’s Sword

DSC01396The sculptor of the famous “The Spirit of Wallace” statue, Tom Church (pictured), was showing me around his work shop when I saw this magnificent red sandstone monolith with a massive 12 foot long stainless steel broadsword attached and the words “Wha wi hae Wallace bled, wha Bruce has aften led” carved around it.

The words mean “Scots, who have with Wallace bled, Scots, whom Bruce has often led” and are taken from a patriotic song written in 1793 by Rabbie Burns, “Scots Wha Hae”.

The song was the unofficial national anthem for Scotland for centuries and is written as though King Robert the Bruce is giving a speech to his troops before the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The tune to which the lyrics are written is actually a far older traditional Scottish tune “Hey Tuttie Tatie” which according to legend was played on the bagpipes by Bruce’s army at the Battle of Bannockburn.

Now, the bottom half of this fantastic monolith is a small ‘cave’ with a replica ‘Stone of Destiny’ in it and the head of Robert Bruce, King of Scotland, looking at a spider;

The story of Bruce and the spider is taken from a poem written in the early 19th Century by Bernard Barton. It tells the legendary story of how Bruce, after six successive defeats by the English armies, took refuge in a cave and saw a spider trying to spin his web from side of the cave to the other. No matter how many times the spider failed, he tried again until he eventually succeeded giving rise to the popular saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.”

Bruce went on to win his seventh battle against the English at Bannockburn and gained Scotland’s independence.

And The Stone of Destiny?

Well, the stone is just a plain, oblong block of red sandstone with chisel marks on its flat top. It measures 65cm x 40cm and 27cm deep and was originally used as part of the crowning ceremonies of the Scots kings of Dalriada in the west of Scotland (now called Argyll).

When Kenneth I, the 36th King of Dalriada united the Scots and Pictish kingdoms and moved his capital to Scone from western Scotland around 840AD, the Stone of Destiny was moved there too. All future Scottish kings have since been crowned on  the Stone of Destiny atop Moot Hill at Scone Palace in Perthshire.

So where did this magical or mythical stone originate from and why was it held in such high regard by royalty?

One legend dates back to biblical times and states that it is the Stone of Jacob taken by Jacob while in Haran (Genesis 28:10–22).

The stone was brought from Syria to Egypt by King Gathelus, who then fled to Spain following the defeat of the Egyptian army. A descendant of Gathelus brought the stone to Ireland, and was crowned on it as King of Ireland. And from Ireland, the stone moved with the invading Scots (actually Irish people called ‘Scots’) to Argyll.

The Stone of Destiny remained at Scone until it was forcibly removed by the English King, Edward I (“Longshanks” or the “Hammer of the Scots”) after his Scottish victories in 1296 and it was taken to Westminster Abbey in London.

The current Coronation Chair was made to house the stone in 1301 and it was first used at the coronation of Edward II, and thereafter to crown every subsequent king and queen of England.

The Stone of Destiny now resides in Edinburgh Castle and is on display there with the Scottish crown jewels.

But with regard to the top part of this sculpture – the giant red sandstone monolith adorned with the wonderful 12 foot long broadsword – wouldn’t this be wonderful situated on the wall either side of the main staircases at the front entrance to the church building?

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I can picture the walls behind it draped with tartan and a beautiful red carpet leading from the front door towards the monolith and on up the stairs either side of it.

This would be a fantastic focal point for the entrance to our Centre, particularly for brides getting married here.

It would certainly add another “Wow” factor to the place.

What do YOU think?

The Spirit of Wallace

As I mentioned in my last post, “The William Wallace Visitor Centre“, I’m hoping to transform the courtyard area between Barony St. John church and hall into a glass entrance area which will house a cafe and a visitor centre highlighting William Wallace and his connection with Ardrossan.

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Down through the ages, Wallace has had many faces (obviously there were no cameras in the 13th Century and only the very wealthy had their portrait painted so depictions of Wallace have varied greatly) as can be seen above.

The more famous depictions can be seen in the bronze statue at the entrance gates to Edinburgh Castle (left) and the stained glass portrait in The Wallace aa9988862a622b4b3d32ca5d0491a6329bafcb6bMonument in Stirling (right). Braveheart_edinburghcastle

But in more recent times, the blockbuster movie “Braveheart” brought yet another vision of William Wallace to life.666766-william_wallace_large

I had been explaining the Wallace connection to my two young children and, after watching the film, promised to take them to The Wallace Monument to see his sword (which is on display there) and the statue of him at the base of the Monument.

Imagine their disappointment (and mine) when we discovered that the statue was no longer there.

A quick chat with the staff at the Monument and we discovered that the ‘Freedom’ statue had been taken away by it’s sculptor Tom Church in 2008.

Not one to keep my kids disappointed, I found Tom’s number and gave him a call. He informed me that the statue was in his work yard in Brechin and agreed for us to visit.

Apparently, the statue had spent the first 3 years of its life at Brechin Castle before being placed at the foot of The Wallace Monument in Stirling from 1997 until 2008. During this time there were up to 10 coaches per day arriving with tourists eager to photograph the statue (this excludes those coaches arriving to allow passengers access to the Monument).

1304748_6248a448Now, it has to be said, some people felt inspired as the statue encompassed the true spirit of Wallace as seen in the movie ‘Braveheart’, others felt it was too much of a Mel Gibson lookalike statue and only worthy of ridicule, and others felt it was simply a reflection of the many faces given to Wallace down through the ages.

Whatever the reason for wanting your photo taken with the statue, it is world renowned and attracted tourists by their droves – in fact, it still draws in coaches of Japanese tourists to the sculptor’s workshop where it currently resides.

Tom asked about my project and then made me a wonderful offer – he would give me the statue to put on display in our Visitor Centre. 🙂

Although the press nicknamed the sculpture the ‘Freedom’ statue, it was actually named “Spirit of Wallace” by the sculptor because it was meant to represent the ghost of William Wallace coming out of Scotland through the iconic film “Braveheart”. The back of the sculpture (seldom seen by tourists) has a map of Scotland engraved into it and this whole artwork seems a very fitting addition to our William Wallace Visitor Centre particularly when you connect the “Spirit of Wallace” statue with the ghost of Wallace which is said to roam the nearby castle.

We propose to encase the statue in glass near the front of the extended glass entrance so it can be seen from the main road. This will also help highlight the as yet unseen rear of the statue and the map of Scotland which will be painted in gold.

Now if this doesn’t add yet another “Wow” factor to the whole project, nothing will.

The William Wallace Visitor Centre

For some time now, we have been toying with adding “William Wallace” into the final name for our buildings. Originally, I thought of calling the finished project, “The William Wallace Community & Events Centre” – but the locals like the Barony St. John name and it is after all a historical name so perhaps we could name a part of the building “The William Wallace Visitor Centre”.

The idea of adding William Wallace was because I wanted to bring public awareness to the history of Ardrossan;

In 1292, Ardrossan Castle, just behind our Barony St John buildings, fell to the invading English army of Edward I.

In 1296, legend has it that Wallace and his men set fire to some buildings near the Castle and a small party of English soldiers left the Castle to investigate. They were immediately set upon by Wallace’s men who dressed in their uniforms and armour and went back to the Castle. once there, they opened the Castle gates to let in the rest of Wallace’s men.

Tfooter-450he entire English garrison were slaughtered and their bodies were thrown down into the castle’s keep which became known locally as “Wallace’s Larder”. So successful was this ruse and raid that the ghost of William Wallace is said to still wander through the Castle ruins.

The current courtyard between our two Barony St. John buildings (the church and the hall) is 1,122 sq ft and extends outwards to almost level with the church building. I’m hoping this area will become the main entrance to both buildings and incorporate The William Wallace Visitor Centre.

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The current breezeblock storeroom, crèche building and wall (photographed opposite) will be removed opening up this courtyard area and allowing it to be glazed and extended to 20m x 5m coming level with the church building.ww1

This area will then form the reception area and main entrance to the Centre as well as being the site for our cafe (which we intend to name after the Keep at Ardrossan Castle – “Wallace’s Larder”).

We have also been in talks with The Society of William Wallace and they are keen to work with us to promote William Wallace and his legacy.parch2

When Wallace was captured at Robroyston on 5th August 1305, he had on his person letters of provenance and safe conduct.

One letter is known as the ‘Safe Conduct’ or ‘Wallace Letter’ and was from the King of France, Philip IV (this letter included an introduction of Wallace to Pope Boniface VIII).

Another letter is known as ‘The Lubeck Letter’ (named after the German museum where it was stored) and is the only surviving document believed to be written by Wallace himparch1self. Attached to this letter is Wallace’s personal seal which shows a lion rampant on the front and s strung bow with arrow on the reverse, suggesting that Wallace may have been an archer. The seal also has the words “Filius Alani Walais Willelmus” which is Latin for “William, son of Alan Wallace” around it and as Alan Wallace was registered as a Crown tenant in Ellerslie, Ayrshire in 1296, this seal throws doubt on William’s traditional birthplace of Elderslie in Renfrewshire.

Perhaps it was just a spelling mistake in Blind Harry’s famous 15th Century poem about Wallace?

The Society of William Wallace are offering to give us the only two copies of these documents for display in our Visitor Centre / reception area (permission has to be obtained from Fiona Hyslop, The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs however The Society of William Wallace will do this for us).

parch3We also plan to get a replica of the sword which was said to be taken from him at the time of his capture (the original is displayed in The Wallace Monument) and we feel that the three of these items along with historical story boards detailing Wallace’s connection with the Castle will provide an excellent additional tourist attraction to the Centre and help drive additional secondary spend via our cafe.

What do you think of our plans?

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