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The Wallace Sword
After his capture by the Sheriff of Dumbarton in 1305, Wallace's mighty two handed broad sword was traditionally kept at Dumbarton Castle until 1869, when it was fittingly placed in the new National Wallace Monument.
Little is known about the origins of the sword for it carries no makers mark and is hence difficult to date, but we do know that James IV ordered the sword to be rehilted in 1505, in a style more fitting to 'Scotland's National Hero'.
The sword, a traditional two handed broad sword, is approxomately 66 inches in length with the blade itself being around 52 inches long. The quality of the blade would suggest that it may have been forged in Scotland, unlike other swords of the period which would have been Flemish of German in origin.
It is reasonable to assume that in order to wield a sword of this size Wallace would have had to be of considerable stature, at least 6 foot 6 inches in height.
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Started on: 29 August 2002
Last revised: 13 June, 2008 by ThistleGroup