William Wallace Statue, Bemersyde

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William Wallace statue at Bemersyde House, Scottish Borders

The William Wallace Statue in the grounds of the Bemersyde estate, near Melrose in the Scottish Borders is a statue commemorating William Wallace. It was commissioned by David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan, and it protected as a category B listed building.[1]

The statue was made of red sandstone by John Smith of Darnick and was erected in 1814.[2] It stands 31 feet high and depicts Wallace looking over the River Tweed. In 1991, the Saltire Society raised funds for a renovation which was carried out by Bob Heath and Graciella Glenn Ainsworth.

At Wallace's feet reads the inscription:[3]

Erected by David Stuart
Erskine, Earl of Buchan
WALLACE
GREAT PATRIOT HERO!
ILL REQUITED CHIEF!
MDCCCXIV


Below the statue of Wallace, as part of the same construction by John Smith is a smaller statue of a funeral style urn inscribed as follows:

Sacred to the memory of Wallace

The peerless Knight of Ellerslie [sic]
Who wav'd on Ayr's Romantic shore
The beamy torch of Liberty
And roaming round from Sea to Sea
From Glade obscure of gloomy Rock
His bold companions call'd to free
The Realm from Edward's Iron Yoke.[4]


Close by are Brotherstone Hill, Dryburgh Abbey, the Leaderfoot Viaduct, Newtown St. Boswells, Scott's View and the Smailholm Tower.

See also

References

  1. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "WALLACE MONUMENT AND ORNAMENTAL URN, IN POLICIES OF BEMERSYDE HOUSE  (Category B) (LB15122)". Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.scottishbordersheritage.co.uk/49971
  3. ^ "Details of Inscription". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Architectural Notes". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 11 January 2013.

External links

  • Discover the Borders

Coordinates: 55°35′10″N 2°38′58″W / 55.5862°N 2.6495°W / 55.5862; -2.6495

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