Thursday, August 23, 2007

William Wallace - A Giant of Scottish History


On this day in 1305 William Wallace was executed in London. Wallace was charged with treason for taking up arms against the English occupation of Scotland. His death fuelled the Scots drive for independence under Robert the Bruce. (It is family myth and lore that my Campbell ancestors are somehow related to Robert the Bruce.)

THAT WILLIAM Wallace is a giant of Scottish history is beyond question. The stature of the man is such that he has grown along with his legend and in many descriptions he now stands a gargantuan 6 feet, 7 inches. His deeds, like his height, may be exaggerated but what is also beyond question is that Wallace is one of Scotland's greatest heroes. So, in the midst of all the myths, who was the real William Wallace? Read an account of his life here at the Scotsman.com.

2 Comments:

Blogger Miriam said...

I have found it intriguing that both my 4th-great-grandfather Robbins and my 3rd-great-grandfather Robbins named a son William Wallace Robbins (neither son was my direct ancestor). Makes me wonder if there's Scottish ancestry there...

August 23, 2007 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger The footnoteMaven said...

It certainly sounds like Scottish ancestry to me.

Perhaps their wives?

fM

August 23, 2007 at 1:46 PM  

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