The Execution of William Wallace

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Reference WMO260101

Address:

West Smithfield

City of London

London

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Anglo-Scottish Wars
About the memorial: Sir William Wallace, hero of the Scottish independence movement and brilliant victor of the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, was betrayed to the English in 1305 and brought to London for a show trial and brutal execution near this spot. After his defeat at the battle of Falkirk in 1298 he resigned as Guardian of the Kingdom in favour of Robert the Bruce, who after many vicissitudes finally defeated the English at Bannockburn in 1314 and established Scotland as an independent country until 1707. One of the photos shows that he remains an inspiration to those who would restore that independence today. Stone tablet, with badges of Scotland in colour. Two small metal plaques beneath tablet. See details of inscription in photo and under the names tab.
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Tablet: TO THE IMMORTAL MEMORY OF/ SIR WILLIAM WALLACE/ SCOTTISH PATRIOT BORN AT ELDERSLIE/ RENFREWSHIRE CIRCA 1270 A.D. WHO FROM/ THE YEAR 1296 FOUGHT DAUNTLESSLY/ IN DEFENCE OF HIS COUNTRY'S LIBERTY AND/ INDEPENDENCE IN THE FACE OF FEARFUL/ ODDS AND GREAT HARDSHIP BEING/ EVENTUALLY BETRAYED AND CAPTURED/ BROUGHT TO LONDON AND PUT TO DEATH/ NEAR THIS SPOT ON THE/ 23RD. AUGUST 1305/ HIS EXAMPLE HEROISM AND DEVOTION/ INSPIRED THOSE WHO CAME AFTER HIM/ TO WIN VICTORY FROM DEFEAT AND HIS/ MEMORY REMAINS FOR ALL TIME A SOURCE/ OF PRIDE HONOUR AND INSPIRATION/ TO HIS COUNTRYMENNNN/ DICO TIBI VERUM LIBERTAS OPTIMA RERUM/ NUNQUAM SERVILI SUB NEXU VIVITO FILI/ BAS AGU BUAIDH Plaque 1: HISTORY OF THIS MEMORIAL/ WRITTEN BY NORMAN MACLEOD/ AVAILABLE BY E-MAIL AT/ hiceo57@yahoo.co.uk Plaque 2: THIS MEMORIAL WAS PLACED HERE BY/ SCOTS AND FRIENDS AT HOME AND ABORAD/ BY KIND PERMISSION OF THE GOVERNORS OF ST BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL AND/ UNVEILED ON 8TH APRIL 1956.

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