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William Wallace William Wallace is perhaps the greatest hero of the Scottish people His legend inspired 100000 people to gather on June 24 1861 556 years after his death at the opening ceremony of the 300-foot National Monument in Stirling that continues to honor his memory It was here Wallace once led a band of desperate and outnumbered Scots to a glorious victory over the English The fabled five-foot sword that once belonged to Wallace is on display in Stirling Castle Born around the year 1267 Wallace was the second son of Malcolm Wallace a middle-class landowner who was educated and spoke three languages William Wallace was educated at Paisley Abbey by his uncle but little is recorded of his day-today life It is believed he once went to the Pope to plead for Scotlands freedom and while guardian of Scotland attempted to develop trade for his country Material wealth was of no intrest to Wallace who refused the Crown of Scotland when it was offered to him While the Scottish nobles around him were accepting lands and titles from the English King Wallace remained committed to freedom and honor for Scotland The main source of his legends come from 300 pages of rhyming verse attributed to a blind poet known as Blind Harry who could neither read nor write The work is said to be taken from the diary of Wallaces chaplain Mr Blair who was always at his side According to the Encyclopedia Britannica the legends of Wallace indicate the passions his story is able to arouse more than hard fact however it was these exciting tales that inspired Randall Wallace to write the screenplay for Braveheart Today the Wallace Clan with Clan Chief Seoras Wallace are direct descendants of William Wallace They live in Glasgow and shared with screenwriter Randall Wallace their knowledge of their celebrated ancestor A collection of diaries and memorabilia about William Wallace
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