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> The Second Betrayal Of William Wallace, Wallace's Well on brink of destruction
post 31st May 2011, 11:28pm
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Wallace's Well in Robroyston, the site where the Scottish patriot William Wallace took his last drink as a free man, today, sadly, stands on the brink of destruction. Despite much-repeated calls by community and historical groups, Glasgow City Council has steadfastly refused to protect the ancient site, resulting in the almost complete destruction of the well's outer wall by passing road traffic.

The council has also been contacted on numerous occasions by concerned citizens from the surrounding area, and many from much further afield; however, the Labour-dominated local authority has so far refused to implement signposting or traffic-calming measures which might save the historical monument. The council's stubborn refusal comes despite the fact that thousands of high-value houses have been built in the area, resulting in an unprecedented surge in local traffic along the narrow country roads surrounding the well.

The existence of the well on Gad Burn predates Wallace by several centuries, but the site gained national historical significance as the source of water from which Wallace drunk his final drink as a free man shortly before his capture nearby in August 1305. Exactly a century ago, funds raised by the local community and the American Wallace Society transformed the well and surrounding area into a beautifully landscaped attraction dedicated to the memory of Scotland's most famous warrior patriot.

The seeds of the well's demise were, however, sown in 1993 when it was quietly stripped of its protected status after Historic Scotland – supported by the Glasgow council – decided that the site was "of little historical interest". Many historians have since claimed that Historic Scotland's decision to remove the well's 'B'-listed status was wrong. Speaking in 1999, Dr Gilbert Bell, former curator at Springburn Museum and a local Robroyston historian, was dismissive of Historic Scotland's reasons for dropping the well's listed status. Dr Gilbert said:

"If Wallace stayed in the house [at Robroyston], that's where he would drink from.

All over Scotland there are Wallace wells and Wallace leaps, but this site is not disputed as he was captured there.

The site is every bit as important as Bannockburn and is part of Scotland's high road to independence."

The following poll was first run last year and, as of today, has almost 500 responses. I am re-releasing the poll. Please note that you may already have responded to the poll and, therefore, will not be able to vote again.

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- GG   The Second Betrayal Of William Wallace   31st May 2011, 11:28pm
- - TeeHeeHee   QUOTE ... Glasgow City Council ... 'nuff said.   31st May 2011, 11:33pm
- - wellfield   I've stated before that it's absurb that t...   31st May 2011, 11:36pm
- - chinscot   I think no matter were you are all historical site...   1st Jun 2011, 12:37am
- - RonD   The Glasgow council should hang their collective h...   1st Jun 2011, 01:01am
|- - nippynell   QUOTE (RonD @ 1st Jun 2011, 01:09am) The ...   1st Jun 2011, 09:29am
- - RonD   Possibly someone could start a fund in the area an...   1st Jun 2011, 01:03am
|- - CAMPSIE   QUOTE (RonD @ 1st Jun 2011, 01:11am) Poss...   1st Jun 2011, 01:46am
|- - JAGZ1876   QUOTE (RonD @ 1st Jun 2011, 01:11am) Poss...   1st Jun 2011, 11:23am
- - Jim.C   I am appalled at the behaviour of Historic Scotlan...   1st Jun 2011, 01:35am
- - Dunvegan   One wonders at their penchant for destroying that ...   1st Jun 2011, 01:56am
- - Jim Wilson   I hope the citizens of Glasgow remember who these ...   1st Jun 2011, 04:34am
- - tarheels   Here is a man that was torn apart to save scotland...   1st Jun 2011, 05:49am
- - droschke7   The councillors are obviously too busy grabbing as...   1st Jun 2011, 06:21am
- - Duncan Fenton   As a member of the Society of William Wallace, I a...   1st Jun 2011, 08:16am
|- - TeeHeeHee   QUOTE (Duncan Fenton @ 1st Jun 2011, 08:2...   1st Jun 2011, 10:36am
- - *greta*   I too am appalled at a labour run council for negl...   1st Jun 2011, 09:53am
- - jojax64   So sad....played there many times as a youngster.   1st Jun 2011, 10:05am
- - PabloDav   UNTIL WE GET RID OF THESE DESPOTS IN THE LABOUR CO...   1st Jun 2011, 10:46am
- - Longbeach   Hello As a Scotsman & proud of it,born in the ...   1st Jun 2011, 12:12pm
- - The Callands Rebel   This one really bothers me. Yes, as a Virginian ...   1st Jun 2011, 12:35pm
- - fisher2511   You can be sure that if Wallace's betrayer had...   1st Jun 2011, 01:26pm
|- - angel   QUOTE (fisher2511 @ 1st Jun 2011, 12:34pm...   1st Jun 2011, 07:09pm
- - numan22   Surely the new SNP Council could do something?   1st Jun 2011, 02:39pm
- - Kenny Jenkins   What is actually needed here? A few people to go d...   1st Jun 2011, 04:10pm
- - Harrymc   I recently recorded a wee video of the Well and al...   1st Jun 2011, 04:38pm
- - Crewsy Fixer   Well said Kenny Jenkins, Wallace didny wait for pl...   1st Jun 2011, 07:59pm
- - GG   The poll now has 754 votes cast, the most for any ...   2nd Jun 2011, 12:21am
- - weecal   Martin. Could not someone like yourself working ...   2nd Jun 2011, 01:33am
- - Rob Rattray   I have stated before, and will do so again thart i...   2nd Jun 2011, 05:06am
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