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Elderslie in Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
 

The Memorial

William Wallace Birthplace

 
 
The Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, May 31, 2013
1. The Memorial Marker
Inscription. This granite monument was erected in 1912 through the efforts of the London Renfrewshire Society. The column is carved from a single piece of stone. The architects were John C T Murray and J Andrew Minty. The panels illustrating important events in Wallace's life were modelled in plaster by the sculptor Albert Hodge at the time of the monument's original construction. They were added to the monument in 1970 through the generosity of the Clan Wallace Society.

Wallace Raises the Scottish Standard
Edward of England's invasion of Scotland in 1296 left the country leaderless. King John (Baliol) of Scotland was imprisoned and the nobility were split by rival factions. In May 1297 William wallace "raised his head"* and killed the Sheriff of Lanark. *From Fordun's Chronicle of the Scottish Nation

The Battle of Stirling Bridge
Wallace made his name by leading a series of lightning raids against key English targets. Joining forces with Sir Andrew Murray, he faced an English army at Stirling Bridge on 11th of September 1297. A sudden Scots charge trapped and routed the English force. Wallace followed this victory with an invasion of northern England.

Wallace made Guardian of Scotland (1297-98)
Soon after their victory at Stirling Bridge in September 1297 Murray and Wallace were
The Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, May 31, 2013
2. The Memorial Marker
acting as Generals of the Kingdom of Scotland. Murray died of wounds later in 1297 and by the spring of 1298 the Community of the Realm recognised Wallace as sole Guardian. He proved to be a confident and successful political leader.

Wallace meets Bruce after the Battle of Falkirk
After his defeat at Falkirk, Wallace resigned the Guardianship but continued to serve as a field commander and as a diplomat in France and Italy. When the Scottish resistance collapsed in 1304 he fought on until his betrayal, capture, trial and execution in 1305. Robert the Bruce continued the struggle against the English and at Bannockburn in 1314 achieved victory, paving the way for Scotland's return to independence.

This is a special place for Scots. Please take care of it.
 
Location. 55° 50.135′ N, 4° 29.328′ W. Marker is in Elderslie, Scotland, in Renfrewshire. Marker is on B789. Click for map.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Wallace Birthplace Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Yew Tree, The Wallace Oak, and The Cult of William Wallace (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to the traditional site of William Wallace's birthplace
Wallace Raises the Scottish Standard Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, May 31, 2013
3. Wallace Raises the Scottish Standard Plaque
(within shouting distance of this marker); Alt Clut (approx. 12.1 kilometers away).
 
Categories. Patriots & Patriotism
 
The Battle of Stirling Bridge Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, May 31, 2013
4. The Battle of Stirling Bridge Plaque
Wallace made Guardian of Scotland (1297-98) Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, May 31, 2013
5. Wallace made Guardian of Scotland (1297-98) Plaque
Wallace meets Bruce after the Battle of Falkirk Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, May 31, 2013
6. Wallace meets Bruce after the Battle of Falkirk Plaque
Other Plaque not mentioned on Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, May 31, 2013
7. Other Plaque not mentioned on Memorial Marker
This plaque is a replica of the marker that sits at the site of Wallace's execution in Smithfield, London
Other Plaque not mentioned on Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, May 31, 2013
8. Other Plaque not mentioned on Memorial Marker
Replica of a plate on the floor at Westminster Hall
The Memorial Front-view image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, May 31, 2013
9. The Memorial Front-view
The Memorial Back-view image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, May 31, 2013
10. The Memorial Back-view
Wide View of Area image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, May 31, 2013
11. Wide View of Area
 
 
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