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Visit the Wallace monument in Stirling.
The National Wallace monument is a 220 feet, which dominates the surroundings. There are 246 steps to the top of the tower, which of course gives wonderful views of the countryside.
It was in 1296 that Edward I of England thought he had Scotland under his control, the Scottish King John had been humiliated and was in exile in France. He had reckoned without Sir William Wallace when he thought he would be able to dominate the Scots in the same way he dominated the Welsh. The English killed Wallace's wife and brother, but Wallace marshalled a well-disciplined fighting force. On September the 11th 1297 Wallace outwitted a much larger English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Wallace was later defeated at Falkirk (in 1298) and then betrayed and executed in London. His spirit though could not be extinguished and in 1314 King Robert the Bruce led the Scots to freedom at the Battle of Bannockburn. In the National monument you can learn all about the events leading up to the Battle of Stirling Bridge and then witness his trail in London ? with a talking head of William Wallace recounting his patriotism and fight.
In the 1850's there was a tide of Nationalism sweeping over the world and, in Scotland, one of its expressions was to build a monument to the country's national hero. Money was raised throughout Europe and donations poured in from expatriates on every continent. The monument was completed in 1869. Later a new addition was added - the hall of Heroes with other great Scots such as King Robert the Bruce, Sir Walter Scot, Robert Burns and David Livingstone sculptured in marble.
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Tel: (01786) 472140
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