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> Wallace Monument: National Disgrace, Historic site neglected by developers
Wallace Monument in Robroyston
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GG
post 3rd Jun 2007, 07:35pm
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It is an historic site of national importance on which stands a monument to one of the national heroes of Scotland, but it is being sadly neglected by housing developers. The William Wallace monument at Robroyston in the north of Glasgow once stood in splendid isolation, an emotive centrepiece in a quite, rural setting. The monument stood proudly marking the spot where Wallace was betrayed and captured, later to be taken in chains to London where the Scots hero who was hanged, drawn and quartered on August 23 1305.

Recently Cala Homes have built 122 family houses which are on the market for up to £500,000 as part of a £40 million development, but nothing has been done to preserve the monument and its environs. In fact, the monument has suffered badly, with damage to the fencing surrounding it, the wall protecting it, a number of trees which formed a natural barrier between the fields and the monument have also been cut down and left where they fell.

Fitting treatment for a monument to a national here?

How the monument looked in 2002 (also attached below):

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About the Glasgow Wallace Monument
This monument was completed and dedicated in 1900 to mark the place where on the 3rd of August 1305, William Wallace was betrayed and arrested by Sir John Menteith. The funding and organisation was undertaken by the Reverend David Macrae of Robroyston and the Reverend J.F Miller of Millerston, both of whom were members of the Scottish Patriotic Association

Miller made it his life's work to collect any book or essay written on Wallace, and every edition of Blind Harry's Wallace. His enthusiasm for the subject stemmed from the fact that he served in the parish where Wallace had been betrayed. He collected over 200 volumes, and after his death the collection went to the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, in March 1921.

The Society of William Wallace hold an annual meeting at the Robroyston monument, on or near the 3rd of August. The largest ever gathering there was that organised by the Scottish Patriotic Association on the 5th of August, 1905, the 600th anniversary of the betrayal of William Wallace. Over 1500 people gathered in the field around the monument to hear speeches on Home Rule, the teaching of Scottish History in the schools, the need for a Scottish Parliament and the treachery in Scottish society whereby people denied the desirability of such measures of self-determination. When the monument was built, it was on a green field site, beside Robroyston farm and not far from Wallace's well. A private housing development of the late 1990's is now engulfing the area, and reducing it as a meeting place. Nevertheless, the annual meetings in August continue, attended by people from neighbouring Balornock and Auchinairn.


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post 3rd Jun 2007, 09:15pm
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hi , why are they doing this as its obvious that the developer cant build so close to the monument, and cant the locals get together and repair what they can - just do it, thanks for the amazing photos.
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post 3rd Jun 2007, 10:12pm
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the people who allowed the developer to do this, should be hung ,drawn
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post 3rd Jun 2007, 10:22pm
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it's the same auld story. money, money, money, these guy's are not interested in any preservation of anything of historical value.
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post 4th Jun 2007, 12:26am
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hi jimmie, i know that there is no sentiment in business and we should not expect others to do a job that we can do ourselves, and from the photos it looks very simple to fix whats wrong with the site - what would it take to do this task - - a weekend perhaps, a little muscle and someone with a bit of initiative, i cant see a huge expense here but maybe there is more to the picture than the eye can see, i feel that whatever can be done to save this monument should be done, just a thought smile.gif
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post 4th Jun 2007, 12:47am
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This is really interesting GG. Thanks.


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post 4th Jun 2007, 05:24am
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Surely part of the planning consent for the new homes was a condition that everything disturbed should be returned to it's pre-construction state. If the houses are already on the market, it suggests they've been given final sign off....where's the local planning officer? I understand what you're saying GL, but locals fixing this simply means big business gets away with it again.


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post 4th Jun 2007, 06:36am
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It's a disgrace , have they no respect?


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post 4th Jun 2007, 07:52am
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Notwithstanding the fact that the houses might already be on the market the "today" images indicate to me that they're not finished what they're doing there, yet.

Java is right in saying that the developer has an obligation to reinstate and , especially since there is a national monument involved, I'll be surprised if they're allowed to leave it as we see it now.

He said, confidently unsure.gif
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post 4th Jun 2007, 10:09am
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what happens to this site if the city and the developer just walk away, it will be interesting to see the end result.
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post 4th Jun 2007, 06:22pm
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...of course the (Cala Homes: Wallacefield) marketing literature selling houses fully exploits the historical importance of the site:

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Wallacefield lies just to the north of the Glasgow suburb of Robroyston, where the City of Glasgow gives way to East Dunbartonshire. It is a land rich in history. The area has strong links to William Wallace and is the site of his capture by the English. A monument can be found close by in honour of him...


Stewart Milne is also building nearby in 'Campsie Meadows' and also exploits the site's historical past:

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Robroyston had an historic Braveheart tale to tell too, as William Wallace was captured here in 1305 and legend has it he was drinking from a local well - today known as Wallace's Well - when he was apprehended.

Legend doesn't have it that he was captured at the well though - it is widely believed he was captured in his sleep in a nearby barn - an obvious and wise precaution given Wallace's fighting prowess!

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these folk have nae shame , dae they .?
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post 4th Jun 2007, 07:42pm
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Legend has it that the council once made developers fulfill their obligations....


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The question asked here is: "Should the housing developers respect and protect the monument"
The first part of the question is yes.
The second one they should be paying the National Trust of Scotland an annual fee. As they ( Developers) would not have the expertise on how to deal with a national treasure.
The National Trust have their own experts on buildings and monuments of importance.
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post 4th Jun 2007, 11:53pm
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surley the parish will look after this fine monument the developers could give it a face lift and new fencing thats been insitue for 100es years houses can fall
be respectful plea\se this is \a land mark the houses are a blot on the landscape


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