William Wallace pin, design based on window (right) background added of Scottish flag.

William Wallace pin, design based on window (right) background added of Scottish flag.

William Wallace

This pin, obtained in Scotland, commemorates the Scottish hero, William Wallace.

William Wallace stained glass, depicted on pin to the left

William Wallace stained glass, depicted on pin to the left

“This is the truth I tell you:
of all things freedom’s most fine.
Never submit to live, my son,
in the bonds of slavery entwined.”
William Wallace – His Uncle’s proverb,
from Bower’s Scotichronicon c.1440’s

The reputation of William Wallace runs like a fault line through later medieval chronicles. For the Scots, William Wallace was an exemplar of unbending commitment to Scotland’s independence who died a martyr to the cause. For centuries after its publication, Blind Harry’s 15th-century epic poem, “The Wallace”, was the second most popular book in Scotland after the Bible.

For the English chroniclers he was an outlaw, a murderer, the perpetrator of atrocities and a traitor. How did an obscure Scot obtain such notoriety?

Location: 2-A2

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