in January of
1272 and died Aug. 23 1305. William Wallace led his
battles to defeat the English. He was the second
of three son’s.
Was born and raised in a town called Elerslie.
Malcolm Wallace owned a certain amount of land
title(a knight) and lived a relatively peaceful life.
Wallace stood at
6 foot 7 inches. Which was a giant in the 13th Century. He had
incredible strength. He was very well educated by a monk and was to
be one himself someday because traditionally the second son had a
career in the church. He did not and became a warrior instead. A very
brave and noble warrior. Where he became the countries “braveheart”
The story of
Wallace really doesn’t start till he was at the age of fourteen
when he would have been a page or an esquire for his father, and
maybe his older brother( also called Malcolm). This would have been
his first experience in military actions.
For around 3
years there was an uneasy peace within Scotland. It’s in this time
period of secret meetings so that William would have spent quite a
bit of time at Dunipace in east Stirlingshire where he stayed with an
uncle, the younger brother of his father. At the point in Wallace’s
life, when he is sixteen, he expresses that he could easily make a
career in the church.
When Wallace was
seventeen years of age something would happen that would take William
into the care of the church. In order to restore the Guardians of
Scotland back into govern Scotland they had to pay homage to
Longshanks. To take this oath had to be outright, an the deadline was
July of that year.
paying homage to Longshanks was in for severe penalties, and when Sir
Ranald noticed that Sir Malcolm Wallace’s name was not on the list
and realising that retribution from the English garrisons, which is
now governed by Ayr and Irvine was about to come down on Malcolm, he
took his daughter and her younger sons under his care.
Sir Malcolm and
his oldest son took off to the north leaving his wife Margaret and
two youngest sons William and John behind. Sir Ranald sent them all
to Kilspindle where they were all taken care of by Williams uncle,
most likely a brother of his mothers.
At the age of
eighteen Wallace continues his education in Dundee. It’s here when
Wallace met John Blair. Who soon became a monk. He eventually left
his monastery to be with his friend William and became his chaplain.
In this school he also met and became friends with Duncan of Lorn and
Sir Neil Campbell of Lochawe, both men were involved in Wallace’s
out that his father is dead. His older brother is now the head of the
family. At this point he learns hate and vengeance. He want’s
revenge on the English people. As a Scot he would have to be more
than ready to stand with his family and claim their rights in there
Dundee Castle is
under the control of the English and was owned by Brian Fitz-Alan of
Bedale. He placed the castle under the control of a constable named
Selby. He had a great thirst for blood, particularly the blood of the
Selby had a son
who was a bit older than
cold December day in 1291
, young Selby
seen Wallace not because he
stood out of the
crowed because of his size
but also because
of the bright green clothes
colour kilt he would have
probably looked like the one here.) Young Selby, and his friends
approached Wallace to make fun of his clothes, and implying that he
wanted his dirk that he wore on his belt. Wallace’s reaction was
quick and dramatic; he grabbed the Englishman by the collar, he took
out his dirk and stabbed him in the heart.
but there was a warrant out for the murderer of Selby’s son. If the
town did not bring him forward the town would be burned to the groung
with everyone in it. William went home to his mother were she would
already have herd the news.
five years seeking revenge for what happened to his family. As far as
the English were concerned William was a dead man as soon as he
showed his face. If he surrendered he would be dead for sure so he
had nothing to lose. It was thought that Wallace might have had the
attitude of ?if he was to go at least he could take as many as he
could with him’.
Wallace lived in
the woods where he would constantly attack anything with a English
Insignia on it, with a cruel and unforgiving anger. He had help
obviously by followers of his. Brutal battles were held and this time
got the reputation of being a great warrior. Wallace changed the
strategies for attack.
An attempt to
help a youth, Wallace is caught and put in jail were he is thought to
have starved to death but was only in a comma. His first nurse heard
of his death and asked for the body for a proper burial, the one he
deserved. As the nurse cleaned his body she found sighs of life and
slowly brought him back.
Marion Braidfute who was 18 years old and became the mistress of
William Wallace. It was believed that she gave birth to Wallace’s
daughter but Marion was killed soon after.
After a few mor
battles Wallace is caught and is tortured and kill. Before he dies he
gives the speech ” Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you’ll
live… at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now,
would you be willing to trade all the days, from this day so to that,
for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our
enemies that they may take our lives, but they will never take our
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