The Sir William Wallace Statue – Melrose, Scotland - Atlas Obscura

The Sir William Wallace Statue

Crafted from a portrait of the famed Scottish knight located in France.  

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The William Wallace Statue was commissioned by the 11th Earl of Buchan to represent the man affectionately known as “Braveheart.”

Wallace was considered one of Scotland’s great heroes, the “Guardian of Scotland” and played a hugely important role in the battle against England for Scottish independence. Despite the fact this bid failed because he was betrayed by his enemies, his cause was later taken up by Robert the Bruce who eventually succeeded in winning Scottish independence.

The statue was erected in 1814. At the time of its erection, it was painted white, although the paint has long since peeled away and faded.

The statue depicts Wallace in red sandstone and shows him standing, taking in the views over the River Tweed below. The statue stands 30 feet (9.4 meters) high. The likeness used for the statue is based on a portrait of Wallace found in France.

The statue shows Wallace clad in medieval Scottish armor, with a sword in his right hand and a shield hanging from his left.

Know Before You Go

There is a small car park just off the B6356 near the head of the waling route to the statue, please park considerably as the area is used by other walkers and bays are not marked.

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