Battle of Stirling Brig
September 11, 1297

William Wallace & Andrew Moray leading the Scots army met the invading English force at Stirling. The English army was moving north to relieve Dundee, which was one of the few towns the Scots hadn't recaptured. The narrow brig was the only place where an army could cross the River Forth, but it also became a trap for the heavy cavalry. The battle became a rout, and one of the heaviest ever English defeats.

The nearby Wallace Monument was opened in 1869, on the same date, September 11. So, the monument is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary there is a special event, this Saturday:

Well worth a visit, if you are in the area (event & monument).

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@fitheach I recall that they have the Bruce’s sword or is it Wallace’s claymore there?

Indeed. They have the sword that belonged to William Wallace. A hefty looking thing. You would be pretty tired swinging that sword about for an hour or two.

@fitheach I’d quite fancy seeing that. Thank you for sharing pics of the place. I’d only read of it.

It is fascinating to see such things. It would be even better if people could handle them, or perhaps replicas. Looking at something gives you a much better concept of someting than reading about it. Being able to handle it or use it would provide an even greater level of understanding.

Not saying people should be allowed to slice each other to pieces with claymores. 😃

@fitheach No, slicing each other up would ruin the intellectually enriching bonhomie at museums, I daresay. But that would be a good idea. Hands on is the future for such spaces.

And re-enactment too. Do you speak Scots? (Or was it Gaidhealig that Wallace spoke?) I’ve been to Burns Night dinners and liked to hear such poetry. I quite liked the haggis too, though I thought it’s best with Worcester sauce or it’s bland, sorry.

@fitheach And I know a airport is called a flichtpairc. That’s all the Scots I know really.

Haggis with Worcester sauce. Heavens! Haggis is usually quite spicy, or at least peppery. Maybe you haven't had a really good one. MacSweens of Edinburgh make some decent haggis, and theirs are widely available.

Strangely, not much is know about Wallace. I think he would almost certainly have spoken Gaelic and also Scots and English. Some believe that his name signifies that he would have spoken the Brythonic language of south west Scotland, called Cumbric.

Flichtpairc is a good word.

@fitheach A really beautiful monument! Thanks for sharing the pictures

The location was well chosen and the monument itself is very... space rocket(ish). The building is also lovely inside. There is a spiral type stair case with multiple landings, each landing has themed displays. There are also some beautiful stained glass windows.

@fitheach It seems I need to plan another trip to Scotland...

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