When the king of Scotland
died without an heir to the throne the nephew of the king also the king of
England nicknamed Edward the Longshanks (Edward I) took the throne for himself
and complete control of Scotland.
William WallWhen the king of Scotland died without an heir to the
throne the nephew of the king also the king of England nicknamed Edward the
Longshanks (Edward I) took the throne for himself and complete control of Scotland.
William Wallace was Born
in January of the year 1272. He was the second of three sons. He was born in
the town of Elerslie, which was in Scotland. His Father Sir Malcolm Wallace
held the title of knight but had little to no political power. Wallace’s Father
was involved in a revolt called Turnberry Band when William was 14 years old
and was sent to live with his uncle Argile. His Uncle taught William Latin
and French and how to be a swordsmen.When William’s father returned from the
revolt at Turnberry Band William was 17 years old. Fighting between rival
families and rival towns were heating up. Civil War was about to Break out
in Scotland. Brawling and riots inside towns turned into full scale battles,
Where in the Battle of Loudoun Hill William’s father was involved and killed.
William Stayed with his mother For two years until he met Murron Braidfoot
and married her in the year 1272. There are many tales on how William Wallace
became and outlaw after his marrige, one such is that one day Wil
fishing at a near by lake when a group of english soilders approached him and
demanded william give them the fish he had caught. William trying to get food
for himself and his wife said they could only take half. The soilders enraged
lunged at William. But William fought off and killed both of the guards, forever
becoming an outlaw. In The month of may 1272 A group of english soilders under
the command of The English Sheriff of Lanark, William de Hazelrig ordered the
death of William’s wife. It seems that William had already started his revolt
against England when his wife was murdered in an attempt to arrest Wallace.
Wallace’s huge act of rebellion attracted the attention of common folk and
Scots nobles alike, all of whom were unwilling to bear Edward the Longshanks
Rebelion forces under William Wallace were scattered all over scotland
but they all submerged together and met a larger more equipped english army
at the Battle of Stirling. The Battle of Stirling happened a little differently
than portrayed in the film Braveheart. On September 11, 1297, The English forces
were arrayed around Stirling Castle, while the Scots were opposite them across
the forth, which wound through a valley. All that seperated the two armies
was a bridge across the forth. Because of poor commanding by the English leaders,
The english were trapped as they crossed the bridge and were slaughtered by
In March of 1298 Wallace was Knighted by the scottish noble man
Robert the bruce and was appointed guardian of Scotland.
Edward I finally
headed for Scotland with his army in July of 1298 Sadly the english army was
much larger than the Scots and despite Wallace’s best efforts the english decimated
the Scots at the battle of Falkirk. Wallace himself barely escaped and Some
historians do belive that Robert the bruce helped Wallace escape from english
After Scotland’s loss at Falkirk Wallace resignes as guardian of
Scotland, no one knows what Wallace did for the next 3 years But some belive
he led mild raids into england which only enraged King Edward I more. Many
belive that someone betrayed Wallace at his capture near Glasgow by english
forces where he was immiediatly sent to london to be executed for treason.
The Sentance was immiediatly carried out Wallace was wrapped in oxhide and
dragged several miles to Smithfield. Where he was hanged until almost unconscious
and then tied two a table and disemboweled where the english set his entrails
on fire while still attached to his body, he was possibly castrated as well
and then beheaded.