The Sir William Wallace Monument
Stirling, Scotland

The Sir William Wallace Monument at
Stirling, Scotland as seen from Stirling Castle

A closer look from Stirling Castle

The Monument as seen from the car park

After you walk up the hill / mountain you see just how tall the monument really is.

Another look at the top of the monument, from the front.

The front entrance and the bottom of the
264 steps to the top.

The crest over the entrance.
Notice the Thistle at the top.
The Thistle is the flower of Scotland.

On the way to the top, there are two floors that have items of Scottish history.

The picture above reads.

Wha’s Like Us

Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots. Here are just some of the amazing things which Scots have given the world.

The Decimal Point
Documentary Films
Colour Photograph
Encyclopaedia Britannica
The Hypodermic Syringe
Advertising Films
Gas Masks
Tennis Courts
The Motor Bus
The Steam Engine
The Photocopier
The Telegraph
The Self-Acting Fountain Pen
The Thermometer
The Gravitating Compass
The Pneumatic Tyre
The Kaleidoscope
The Telephone
The Mackintosh
The Lawnmower
Continuous Electric Light
The Thermos Flask
18 Hole Golf Courses
The Bowling Green

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.

Looking across the top floor to the north. 

Looking up on the outside.

Looking up on the inside.

Looking south you can see Stirling Castle

A closer look from Sir William Wallace Monument

Robert The Bruce
To the right of the entrance to Stirling Castle

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Started on: 29 August 2002
Last revised: 23 September, 2003 by ThistleGroup.