Statue of William Wallace in Aberdeen
Patriots are usually honoured by their countries, but Wallace is
outstanding in this respect. Even before Mel Gibson's 'Braveheart' brought him
to the attention of the rest of the world, Wallace was regarded as the
greatest hero of all time in Scotland. Monuments and statues honour him
all over the country, and 700 years after his death - his exploits are well known. His
family motto was "Esperance" which means hope. Hope of freedom was his
legacy - fulfilled 10 years after his death on the field of Bannockburn.
William Wordsworth, the poet, wrote "Wallace fought for Scotland and left
the name of Wallace to be found like wild flowers all over his dear
Lord Roseberry, once Prime Minister of Great Britain, summed up Wallace's
greatness thus" Without him the Scots might never have rallied for defence
at all, Bruce might never have stood forth and Bannockburn might never
have been fought. It is for that we honour him".
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