WELCOME TO THE SOCIETY OF WILLIAM WALLACE

Tuesday the 18th of August at 19:45 is our next meeting at Elderslie Village Hall, everyone is welcome...

"I have brought you to the ring, now dance the best you can!"
Words shouted by Wallace to the Scottish army at the Battle of Falkirk on the 22nd of July 1298 as the English cavalry began to charge.
"This statue of William Wallace that flanks the entrance to Edinburgh Castle was the statue that inadvertently gave the inspiration to the movie Braveheart".
The scriptwriter Randall Wallace visited the castle while on vacation in Scotland, and noticed this statue, and was intrigued as the subject had the same second name as his own.
He asked one of the staff who this famous Wallace was, and was quite simply told,
"that sir, is our greatest hero!"
This sent Randall on a quest to discover all he could about this man called William Wallace,
and resulted in "Braveheart" being released in 1995.
 
 
THE ALL NEW SUPER SHINY SOCIETY SHOP
It's taken some time but our shop is finally up & running thanks to the hard work behind the scenes from Lesley & Ziggy!!

We've moved the shop over to our good friends @ PROUD CLOTHING as they very kindly offered to run our store for us, with their past experience and expertise how could we say no!!

We'll be adding lots of new stuff very soon so why not pop over and see our merchandise and say hello to the folk over at PROUD CLOTHING who sell some fantastic Scottish themed products.
 
 
WALLACE DAY 22nd of JULY 2015
 
 
 
 
ROBROYSTON COMMEMORATION 2015

The Annual Commemoration this year was a bit later than normal due to Braveheart 20 weekend the week before.

A larger than normal attendance of about fifty people turned up and a tourist from Poland who was visiting her daughter and grandaughters who live in Glasgow.

Our Convenor Gary Stewart started off proceedings by telling everyone gathered about our recent Ireland trip and also about it being the 10th anniversary of Walk for Wallace seeing as this was the spot Davie Ross began that great journey.

 
 
WALLACE CHAIR

With the ten year anniversary of David R Ross' Walk for Wallace this year we as a Society felt we could not let Davies feat go unnoticed.

There is a chair at Balnagown castle which legend states that William Wallace sat on this chair and as the Castle is Clan Ross castle it it seemed like a great idea to build a replica to place at Robroyston would be a fitting tribute to Davies great walk from Robroyston to London.

A big thank you to Mr Al Fayed who owns the chair and kindly sent us photos of the chair to make it easier for us to have a replica built.

 
 
BRAVEHEART TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY TRIM IRELAND

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the legendary Oscar winning movie Braveheart, which was shown on a hug outdoor screen at night, the Society were invited to join The Sean Lawlor Artist’s Trust for an all day family festival.

Sean Lawlor played Malcolm Wallace in the movie but sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2010.

Shortly after Sean passing the trust was set up to insure better support of Irish artists in need.

 
 
FALKIRK COMMEMORATION 2015

After the customary laying of the wreaths in the churchyard to Sir John the Graeme, Sir Sohn Stewart of Bonkyll and the Men of Bute, we formed up  behind the colour party of Gordon, Paul, and Fiona, and marched off to the stirring sounds of the Uphall Station Pipe Band down through Falkirk high street.

Among our number that day were contingents from The Society of William Wallace, The Scottish Knights Templar, Camelon History Society, Siol Nan Gael, Na Fir Dileas, Battles of Falkirk Commemoration Society, and local SNP branches.

 
 
BANNOCKBURN COMMEMORATION 2015

The Society all met up at the Bruce Hotel and then travelled down to Stirling bridge for the speakers and some songs. It was a great sight once we had parked our cars and walking down and seeing all the tartan, saltires and lion rampants awaiting us.

It was a gorgeous day and after sorting out who was carrying the Society banners and speaking to everyone, we then had the pleasure of listening to John Robertson of the Andrew De Moray project, and then our very own George Kempik who were both outstanding.

 
 
AVOCH COMMEMORATION 2015

Well what a great weekend that was. A big thank you to the Andrew De Moray project for their tireless devotion to this event and for me it was very special as it was the first time I had attended.

I’d heard so much in the past from David and Duncan about how special this commemoration was, and they were right!!

I was honoured to be asked say a few words on behalf of the Society and it was a
very touching moment seeing Jean raise the new Saltire, donated by the Society.

 
 
UNVEILING OF MEMORIAL TO THE BATTLE OF STIRLING BRIG' 2015

THE first ever memorial to the Battle of Stirling Bridge has been unveiled on the spot where a Scottish army led by William Wallace and Andrew de Moray defeated the English in 1297.

Around 300 people gathered on the north side of the River Forth at Stirling to see three granite lecterns unveiled.

A saltire flag was also raised, which will now fly permanently where the outnumbered Scots clashed with the English army 718 years ago.

The tribute was organised by the Guardians of Scotland Trust, a charity set up in 2013 to honour Wallace and de Moray, both of whom held the title during their lifetimes, at the battlefield.

Fergus Wood, chairman of the Trust, said: "It's taken over 718 years to get here, but for the first time we now have a memorial to the Battle of Stirling Bridge and the two Guardians of Scotland who commanded the Scottish army on the site where it happened.

"It's been a long time in coming. The Battle of Stirling Bridge was one of the most important battles in Scotland's history."

 
 
LOUDOUN HILL COMMEMORATION 9th of MAY 2015
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A huge turn out this year as the weather held good and we commemorated the fallen of both battles in the warm sunshine in the shadow of the Loudoun hill.

To our marvellous speakers George Kempik, Lesley Matthews, Jean Brittain, Ken Shira & our wreath layers this year, Elaine Kempik & Kate Smith.

To all who attended the commemoration and the celebration afterwards, Thank You!!

Until next year, ALBA GU BRATH.

 
 
DAVID R ROSS COMMEMORATION 2015
The 2nd of January is always tinged with sadness as we remember our friend David R Ross' passing, has it really been five years!! W e also remembered our dear friend Duncan who sadly passed last year, we miss both of them like you wouldn't believe, to both their families we extend our love and support, especially at this time of year in particular as we can't imagine how you must be feeling, we also remember our friend Lachlan as well on this day.

To everyone who attended and braved the elements we thank you for your presence, to William, Paul and Gordon thank you for sharing your words and your memories of our three friends, gone but never forgotten!!
 
 
EVENTS CALENDAR 2014 - 2015
We're going to leave this near the top of our home page in the future so that everyone can see what we're up to or involved in.

There are many events we take part in ranging from fully blown marches to quiet intimate gatherings to our monthly meetings, your presence at some or all of these event will be more than welcome!!

If you have a Scottish related event going on please let us know about it and we'll be happy to add it to our calendar.

To contact the webmaster CLICK HERE
 
 
THE SOCIETY OF WILLIAM WALLACE YOUNG LIONS CLUB
We here at Society Towers felt that it was time the young history lovers out there should have somewhere out there they can chat and discuss Scottish history.

The idea of a Facebook page came up and we're delighted to say it's proving very popular and child friendly, there are also adult moderaters with security clearance to help when needed but primarily it will be run for the younger among us by the youngsters.

We're very proud to back this initiative driven forward by our younger members and wish them every success!!
 
 
ANDREW HILLHOUSE PRINTS

It fills us with enormous pleasure to let the good people of Scotland know that our resident artist Andy Hillhouse has finally got himself a website!!

Andy has designed all of our wonderful coins & his interpretation of Scotland's wonderful history seems to flow effortlessly from his very talented hands, he underestimates his talents but we don't. congrats on the site Andy!!

Don't forget to mention the Wallace Society when you visit, you might just get a discount!!

 
 
OUR ARCHIVES & 2014 IN A NUTSHELL

Everyone here at Society towers would like to take this oppotunity to wish all our friends, family and members all the very best for 2015!!

It's another challenging year for the society, but we'll do what we've always done and meet the challenges head on and do our very best!!

Just in case you may have forgotten where your donations and memberships go here's a wee reminder as we look back at 2014 and many years before that!!

We have some exciting projects to look forward to in 2015, bring it on
 
 
ANDY HILLHOUSE

A lot of our members and friends of the Society are extremely talented in their chosen field, Andy Hillhouse is one such person.
Andy is an artist of some note and designed the covers of most of the late great David R Ross' books.

We've worked closely with Andy in the past and came up with the idea of showing off some of his artwork to guage the interest, an online gallery if you like.

These prints will not be for sale but if you fancy any of them then please register your interest HERE and we'll see what we can do.

CLICK HERE FOR ANDY'S WEBSITE
 
THE WALACE MEMORIAL CENTENARY CENTENARY TARTAN IS OFFICIAL!!
Our Wallace Memorial Centenary Tartan has now been officially registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans and we have to admit that we are slightly chuffed with ourselves.

We'd like to thank in no particular order, Alison Diamond and George MacKenzie over at the Scottish Register of Tartans for all their help.

To Stephanie and William, Chris, George and Gary and to all our wonderful members who have brought to life this wee idea that we should have our own tartan, especially in our centenary year!!

We are currently on our second bolt and are taking orders for our third bolt. If you'd like to register your interest in our tartan see link below.

All we ask is that you become a member and wear it with pride!!
 
 
 
This website is respectfully dedicated to the memory of our friends
DAVID R ROSS, DUNCAN FENTON & LACHLAN McCANN
They who inspired so many of us now sit with the patriots who inspired them!!