William Wallace Statue
Statue In Melrose, Borders
A red sandstone statue of William Wallace overlooking the River Tweed Valley near Melrose.
Welcome to our first Fabulous North post from just over the Scottish border and it's a beauty to start with. Here is the William Wallace Statue.
Situated on the Bemersyde Estate at the end of a small forest, the statue of Scottish legend William Wallace looks out over the valley of the River Tweed.
Commissioned by David Steuart Erskine, the 11th Earl of Buchan, it was created by John Smith of Darnick. Constructed in 1814 and made of red standstone it stands at an impressive 9.4m tall.
At Wallace's feet reads the inscription:
Erected by David Steuart Erskine, Earl of Buchan
WALLACE GREAT PATRIOT HERO! ILL REQUITED CHIEF! MDCCCXIV.
Just below the statue Below the statue of Wallace is a smaller statue of a funeral style urn with another inscription.
Sacred to the memory of Wallace The peerless Knight of Ellerslie Who wav'd on Ayr's Romantic shoreThe beamy torch of LibertyAnd roaming round from Sea to SeaFrom Glade obscure of gloomy RockHis bold companions call'd to freeThe Realm from Edward's Iron Yoke..
The statue of Wallace was the first to be erected in Scotland and is based on a portrait of Wallace found in France.
And a quick fly away from Red5 drone!
You canna tek his freedom and you also can't take away his stunning view over the Scottish countryside!
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Contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.More Places from Simon
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