Elderslie in Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Yew Tree, The Wallace Oak, and The Cult of William Wallace
The Yew Tree
This tree is known locally as the Wallace Yew. It is thought to be 300 years old. It has been surveyed and a programme of treatment is under way to improve its health.
The Wallace Oak
An ancient oak which stood by the burn on the north side of the main road was the traditional site of an incident in the epic 15th century about Wallace by Blind Harry. Like Robin Hood, Wallace was said to have hidden from his enemies in the tree, along with an impossible number of his men. An acorn from the tree, which fell in 1856, was planted in Fountain Gardens in Paisley.
The Cult of William Wallace
Every generation has reinvented William Wallace to meet its own needs. In medieval ballads he was described as a Robin Hood figure, an outlaw of the greenwood. Blind Harry, the 15th century Scottish poet, laid the foundations of a national hero-cult in his epic poem The Wallace. In the early 20th century the frieze on the monument had to compete with hundreds of statues to military heroes of the British Empire, so Wallace is made gigantic in body and mood- an expression of growing Scottish national feeling. A hundred years later our image of Wallace influenced by Hollywood. These changing images of Wallace tell us more about ourselves than they do about the man who was raised here
Location. 55° 50.125′ N, 4° 29.329′ W. Marker is in Elderslie, Scotland, in Renfrewshire. Marker can be reached from Wallace Avenue just from Park Avenue. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Memorial (a few steps from this marker); William Wallace Birthplace Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to the traditional site of William Wallace's birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); 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 29, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 29, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.