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Bemersyde in Scottish Borders, Scotland, United Kingdom
 

An Eccentric Vision

William Wallace Statue

 
 
An Eccentric Vision William Wallace Statue Marker at the Trailhead image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 6, 2011
1. An Eccentric Vision William Wallace Statue Marker at the Trailhead
Inscription.

An eccentric vision

Along this path a dramatic statue of William Wallace gazes out across the Tweed. This is just one of a number of features in the area built by David Stuart Erskine, the 11th Earl of Buchan: if you continue down the hill you can find another, the enchanting Temple of the Muses. The path to the statue is about on third a mile, (ten to fifteen minutes' walk) with a good surface all the way.

The Earl was a vain, eccentric man, but he was passionate about conserving and recording anything to do with Scotland and its heroes. He was fascinated by the Greek mythology too, and once held a party in his drawing room where he dressed up as the god of Apollo on Mount Parnassus, with nine maidens to play the part of the Muses in attendance.

He commissioned local sculptor John Smith of Darrick to carve the statue, which was unveiled in 1814 on 22 September: the anniversary of Wallace's great victory at the battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. It seems to be the earliest monument to Wallace, that legendary symbol of Scottish patriotism.
 
Erected by David Stuart Erskine.
 
Location. 55° 35.17′ N, 2° 38.972′ W. Marker is in Bemersyde, Scotland, in Scottish Borders
William Wallace Statue Marker and car park image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 6, 2011
2. William Wallace Statue Marker and car park
Trail through the gate leads to the Wallace Statue & Urn
. Marker can be reached from B6356. Click for map. To reach the Statue, pull off at the car park on B6356, Coordinates: 55.587889, -2.643827 A path leads from here to the statue, about 10 minutes walk.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Scott's View (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Royal Connections (approx. 4.5 kilometers away); The Fletcher Monument (approx. 12.6 kilometers away).
 
More about this marker. It is the first Statue to be raised of Wallace in Scotland.
 
Also see . . .
1. William Wallace Statue, Bemersyde. (Submitted on August 3, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.)
2. MacBRAVEHEART ... Dryburgh Wallace Monument. (Submitted on August 3, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.)
3. Discover the Borders. (Submitted on August 3, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.)
4. Facebook- William Wallace Statue, Bemersyde. (Submitted on August 3, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.)
 
Additional keywords. William Wallace, Bemersyde, Melrose, Scotland
 
Categories. Patriots & Patriotism
 
William Wallace Statue image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 6, 2011
3. William Wallace Statue
William Wallace Statue Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 6, 2011
4. William Wallace Statue Inscription
Inscription Reads:
Erected by David Stuart
Erskine, Earl of Buchan
WALLACE
GREAT PATRIOT HERO!
ILL REQUITED CHIEF!
Joannes Smith Sculpsit
A.D. MDCCCXIV.
William Wallace Statue image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 6, 2011
5. William Wallace Statue
Side View
William Wallace Statue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 6, 2011
6. William Wallace Statue Marker
Located at car park
Wallace Statue & Urn image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 6, 2011
7. Wallace Statue & Urn
Wallace Statue can be seen to the right, the Urn can be seen in the center.
William Wallace Ornamental Urn image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 6, 2011
8. William Wallace Ornamental Urn
This Memorial to Wallace sits near the Statue. It reads: Sacred to the memory of Wallace The peerless Knight of Ellerslie Who wav'd on Ayr's Romantic shore The beamy torch of Liberty And roaming round from Sea to Sea From Glade obscure of gloomy Rock His bold compatriots call'd to free The Realm from Edward's Iron Yoke
William Wallace Ornamental Urn image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, April 6, 2011
9. William Wallace Ornamental Urn
Closeup
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   7. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   8, 9. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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