The Story of Ivan the Terrible Image source: In fact, in the film Braveheart, we see the story of a man who was broken and embittered by his tragic encounter with the English. Yet, the truth about William Wallace is that his life was entirely shrouded in mystery.
Wallace's First Serious Assault Upon the English The first of many English lives he was ultimately to take He is believed to have been about nineteen years old when William Wallace first took an English life in anger. Wallace stood over six feet tall - quite a height for a man at the time - and was possessed by an extremely fiery temper.
This was quite an effective combination in one sense and an extremely dangerous one in another. It was during an argument with the son of a Dundee constable that William Wallace thrust his dirk through the unfortunate Englishman's heart and made good his escape in the resultant confusion.
A developing trend had begun. Tales thereafter abounded of his violent encounters with the English but it was when he finally caught up with Fenwick, the knight who had murdered his father, and put him to the sword that he was officially declared an outlaw.
Undeterred, Wallace and his supporters sought refuge in Ettrick Forest, a large forest The story of william wallece much of what is now South Lanarkshire. Could this historical fact in no small way have contributed to the legend of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest, several hundred miles to the south but in the same time period?
It was during this time that he met and subsequently married Marian Braidfute, a native of the town of Lanark. A small plaque pictured above right now marks the spot where stood their matrimonial home. The English Sheriff of Lanark at this time, Hazelrig, had previously had William Wallace's brother-in-law executed, so in a revenge attack, Wallace and his men sneaked their way in to the town and killed several dozen English soldiers, before making good their escape back to Ettrick Forest, William Wallace via Marian's home.
Infuriated beyond belief but unable to get Wallace himself, Hazelrig had Marian put to death to at least deny the "outlaw" his one true love.
Doubtlessly overcome with both grief and a rage previously unbeknown even to him, William Wallace extracted a horrible revenge on Hazelrig and the English Garrison based in Lanark.
He and his men stormed the town and killed not only Hazelrig himself, but all the Englishmen there, sparing only women, children and members of the clergy. It was the news of these events and those which brought them about that inspired many of the common people in Scotland to take up arms with Wallace and swear to repel the English invaders for good.
The Battle of Stirling Bridge, Probably William Wallace's finest hour The rising tide of support for William Wallace as he waged his ever more successful guerrilla war against the English soon caused him to be joined by a number of Scottish nobles.
Alas, it is believed to have been Wallace's lowly status as a commoner which led to the Scottish nobility - including Robert the Bruce - abandoning him and effectively betraying him for what would ultimately prove to be only the first time by surrendering to the English forces near Irvine.
If anything, however, the common people only flocked to Wallace in greater numbers following this betrayal and assisted Wallace in wreaking havoc across Scotland.
The inevitable confrontation between the two massed armies was to come about on 11th Septemberby the small wooden bridge which spanned the River Forth at the time, near Stirling.
The Scots were considerably outnumbered and hopelessly out-armoured, but as any soldier worth his salt knows, the correct tactics or lack of them on the part of the enemy!
So it was that with Wallace positioned on the high, sloping ground known today as Abbey Craig, his army hiding nearby, the English Commander, John de Warenne, allowed himself to be pressurised - perhaps against his better judgement - in to ordering his men attack by way of the narrow bridge.
This led them to flat and marshy ground, upon which Wallace was able to ambush them and virtually slaughter them at will.William Wallace was a Scottish knight who was a central figure in the Wars of Scottish Independence. Regarded as one of Scotland’s greatest national heroes, he led the Scottish resistance forces during the early years of Scotland’s struggle for independence from English rutadeltambor.com Of Birth: Elderslie.
Sir William Wallace, (born c. , probably near Paisley, Renfrew, Scotland—died August 23, , London, England), one of Scotland’s greatest national heroes, leader of the Scottish resistance forces during the first years of the long and ultimately successful struggle to free Scotland from English rule.
Dec 10, · William Wallace is widely believed to have been born in the village of Elderslie, near Paisley, in approximately He was the son of Malcolm Wallace, a Scottish knight killed by one of his English counterparts by the name of rutadeltambor.coms: From the famous William Wallace Braveheart quotes to the history of the man, I take a look at Scotland's Guardian.
The history, locations and more await. William Wallace of Elderslie, younger son of a country knight, came to fame through his active opposition to the aggressive imperialism of England’s King Edward I.
To understand the story of William Wallace, we must take a look at the political climate of Scotland in King Alexander of Scotland had recently died due to an accident and now there was a great clamor for who would take over the Throne of Scotland.