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> Recognition For Wallace Monument, Site of Wallace's historic betrayal
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It had long been abandoned by Glasgow City Council (Labour), largely ignored by the Scottish Government (SNP), and belittled by Historic Scotland. Now, however, the huge historical significance of Robroyston in the nation's fight against an oppressive English ruler is beginning to be more widely recognised.

Importantly – as it is aimed at Glasgow children – a new historical guide to the city has highlighted William Wallace on the front cover, and includes coverage of both the Robroyston Wallace Monument and the nearby Wallace's Well.

The inclusion in the children's book is a significant milestone in the promotion of the two historical Glasgow locations, with the monument representing the exact spot where William Wallace was captured in 1305 by the soldiers of a Scottish noble acting on the orders of Edward I.

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Wallace's capture at Robroyston, together with his subsequent trial and brutal execution in London, have long been recognised as among the country's most important historical events. Wallace's death signalled a new era in Scottish resistance which was to pave the way to Robert the Bruce's victory at Bannockburn just nine years later, while the courage and bravery of Wallace after his capture elevated him to the status of national hero.

Although the monument and well had been mostly forgotten (and have been recently threatened with demolition by property developers), both sites have now attracted some investment thanks largely to the efforts of the William Wallace society. Glasgow Guide also set up a Robroyston Wallace Monument website in 2009 to highlight the dangers posed to the historical sites.

In further good news, the only item remaining in existence thought to have been in the possession of Wallace at the time of his capture at Robroyston – the 'safe transit letter' from King Philip of France – has been returned to Scotland for the first time in over 700 years and will go on display in Edinburgh in the summer.

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- GG   Recognition For Wallace Monument   2nd Mar 2012, 12:13am
- - Jim Wilson   Thanks for keeping me informed in New Zealand of W...   2nd Mar 2012, 05:28am
|- - *myagnes*   QUOTE (Jim Wilson @ 2nd Mar 2012, 04:33am...   2nd Mar 2012, 05:03pm
- - 0141black   I always tend to associate Wallace's demise wi...   2nd Mar 2012, 08:12am
- - john = rmh   Menteith was the noble who betrayed and captured W...   2nd Mar 2012, 08:21am
- - greta   So pleased to hear about this as I am originally f...   2nd Mar 2012, 08:44am
- - George Brown   I always remember my father showing me Wallace...   2nd Mar 2012, 10:18am
- - chas1937   It's always nice too have some success with th...   2nd Mar 2012, 10:24am
- - Jazzsaxman   Betrayed by a Scottish nobleman. Some things never...   2nd Mar 2012, 10:29am
- - andyguinness   I have been told many years past that the name Rob...   2nd Mar 2012, 10:30am
|- - GG   QUOTE (andyguinness @ 2nd Mar 2012, 09:35...   4th Mar 2012, 12:52pm
- - Guest   Historic Scotland is correct in its assertion that...   2nd Mar 2012, 12:01pm
|- - GG   QUOTE (Guest @ 2nd Mar 2012, 11:06am) His...   3rd Mar 2012, 02:27pm
- - *kid diamond*   I grew up in Balornock and as kids we would often ...   2nd Mar 2012, 12:07pm
- - sleeping warrior   This is a great development. As a child some 40+ y...   2nd Mar 2012, 12:55pm
- - mlconnelly   GG do you know where the book is available. My fri...   2nd Mar 2012, 12:57pm
- - Ayeyuya   More mythical 'Scottish' History, this Cou...   2nd Mar 2012, 01:04pm
- - *Seamus*   Great News. I stay nearby to the Well and Monument...   2nd Mar 2012, 01:24pm
- - Scotsman   When I was at school.... cue violins.... we didnt ...   2nd Mar 2012, 01:44pm
- - *Jim of Maryhill*   And mind, Glasgow had a history of 1,000 years whe...   2nd Mar 2012, 03:55pm
|- - *Duncan*   QUOTE (*Jim of Maryhill* @ 2nd Mar 2012, 03...   2nd Mar 2012, 07:35pm
- - TeeHeeHee   Great news Martin; including the "Safe Transi...   2nd Mar 2012, 04:29pm
- - okiegal   I love everything about GGB. I am so very proud to...   2nd Mar 2012, 04:35pm
- - The Callands Rebel   Thanks GG for this update. Our group here in Sout...   2nd Mar 2012, 04:38pm
- - TeeHeeHee   Way to go Okiegal.   2nd Mar 2012, 04:39pm
- - frame   That's good news, maybe this particular Braveh...   2nd Mar 2012, 05:01pm
- - Grampar   So much for peoples efforts over the centuries to ...   2nd Mar 2012, 08:39pm
- - bobbystevenson   Delighted that something has at last been done to ...   2nd Mar 2012, 11:50pm
- - GG   ... seen from the geopolitical perspective of the ...   4th Mar 2012, 07:34pm
- - wee davy   Bishop Wishart has long been my own 'favourite...   4th Mar 2012, 08:28pm
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