Wallace by Alan Findlater

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The National Wallace Monument (generally known as the Wallace Monument) is a tower standing on the summit of Abbey Craig, a hilltop near Stirling in Scotland. It commemorates Sir William Wallace, the 13th century Scottish hero. 1

The tower was constructed following a fundraising campaign which accompanied a resurgence of Scottish national identity in the 19th century. In addition to public subscription, it was partially funded by contributions from a number of foreign donors, including Italian national leader Giuseppe Garibaldi. Completed in 1869 to the designs of architect John Thomas Rochead at a cost of £18,0002, the monument is a 220 foot sandstone tower, built in the Victorian Gothic style. It stands on the Abbey Craig, a volcanic crag above Cambuskenneth Abbey, from which Wallace was said to have watched the gathering of the army of English king Edward I, just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

The monument is open to the general public. Visitors climb the 246 step spiral staircase to the viewing gallery inside the monument’s crown, which provides expansive views of the Ochil Hills and the Forth Valley.

A number of artifacts believed to belong to Wallace are on display inside the monument, including the Wallace Sword, a 5 foot 6 inch-long claymore.

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  • Charlene Aycock
    Charlene Aycockabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful lighting in this shot, love it.

  • thanks for the comment Charlene

    – Alan Findlater

  • bubblehex08
    bubblehex08about 6 years ago

    Beautiful, but frightening! Where is it?

  • Hi thanks for the comment , its in stirling scotland Wallace Monument

    – Alan Findlater

  • adgray
    adgrayabout 6 years ago

    See the freedom
    so majestic in it’s size
    so brilliant in it’s beauty
    so peaceful is the prize

    Hear the freedom
    fresh upon the breeze
    raging without restraint
    bolstering life with ease

    Smell the freedom
    of wild heather her scent
    of mown hay and Birch tree
    all were heaven sent

    Touch the freedom
    stand here arms out wide
    let the wind flow round you
    there’s no more need to hide

    Taste the freedom
    sweet upon the tongue
    the freshness from the cow or bee
    substance deliciously sung

    Know the freedom
    victoriously won long ago
    gather history’s pride to your breast
    and honour it in all that you show

    To Wallace!

  • excellent words

    – Alan Findlater

  • PrincessVicki
    PrincessVickiabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous looks like a scene from a fantasy film! fantastic capture! x

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenabout 6 years ago

    Lovely shot Allen…..Nicely put together.

  • Auntymazza
    Auntymazzaabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful , my children are half Scottish

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture Alan!!

  • joak
    joakabout 6 years ago

    hey weel done you an great touch by adgray ..love it!

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful x

  • adgray
    adgrayabout 6 years ago

    Thank you Alan !!
    I perfected it a bit [er spelling & formatting fix ups lol]
    and loaded it in mine as To Wallace!

    Thank you for the focus
    Now to have the do$h to actually go there and stand there and KNOW the freedom he created!
    Chookas! X♥X


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