Sites and Monument Record: Wallace's Stone (SMR 603)

A large glacial boulder at Wallacestone was traditionally associated with William Wallace. It was said that this was the point from which Wallace watched the First battle of Falkirk. Later the initials WW were added to the stone. Then in 1810 the stone was replaced by a square column 13ft tall with a finial on top. The capital is heavily moulded. On the south side are inscribed the words "ERECTED to the MEMORY of that CELEBRATED SCOTTISH HERO SIR WILLIAM WALLACE 2nd August 1810". And on the north side "HIC STETIT iidie Augustie A.D.1298". The finial has since been lost. The monument is enclosed within iron railings, together with a flag pole and a balustrade from London Bridge. The latter was there because a local mason worked on the bridge, but has since disappeared.
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The monument was presented with great ceremony on Friday 3rd August 1810. It was erected by the Free Colliers who apparently preferred the date provided by the old calendar (being 11 days different). The stone is said to have been gifted by the owners of Brightons quarry. The site became the locus of an annual fair in celebration of Wallace.
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