Sir William Wallace is one of the most powerful and well recognized figures from Scottish history. His name is probably more well known worldwide than most of Scotland’s monarchs. Yet he was never a king; his notable deeds took place over a very short period of time; he fought just two major battles; he resigned from his position; and in the end he was betrayed and executed.
Wallace was a Scottish knight who became one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence. A hero of Scotland and a true patriot, he had a burning desire for peace and freedom which united the country’s clans, gained the loyalty of its people, struck fear into his enemies and defied the cruel hand of an evil, warring and invading king – Edward I of England.
Wallace is remembered in many ways, including in the National Wallace Monument near Stirling; in the William Wallace Statue in the Scottish Borders; in a statue at Edinburgh Castle; and perhaps most famously (though not very accurately) in the 1995 film “Braveheart”.