Elderslie in Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
William Wallace Birthplace
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
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.
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Location. 55° 50.135′ N, 4° 29.328′ W. Marker is in Elderslie, Scotland, in Renfrewshire. Marker is on B789. Touch 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 Alt Clut (approx. 12.1 kilometers away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on July 28, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.