11 Facts About William Wallace


William Wallace is the protagonist of Blind Harry's 15th-century epic poem The Wallace and the subject of literary works by Jane Porter and Sir Walter Scott, and of the Academy Award-winning film Braveheart.


William Wallace was a member of the lesser nobility, but little is definitely known of his family history or even his parentage.


When William Wallace was growing up, King Alexander III ruled Scotland.


William Wallace's reign had seen a period of peace and economic stability.


Some historians believe William Wallace must have had some earlier military experience in order to lead a successful military campaign in 1297.


William Wallace then joined with William the Hardy, Lord of Douglas, and they carried out the raid of Scone.


William Wallace used the Ettrick Forest as a base for raiding, and attacked Wishart's palace at Ancrum.

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William Wallace's head was dipped in tar and placed on a spike atop London Bridge.


William Wallace's preserved head was later joined by the heads of his brother John and his compatriots Simon Fraser and John of Strathbogie.


William Wallace's limbs were displayed, separately, in Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling and Perth.


In 1869, the William Wallace Monument was erected, close to the site of his victory at Stirling Bridge.