When the king of Scotlanddied without an heir to the throne the nephew of the king also the king ofEngland nicknamed Edward the Longshanks (Edward I) took the throne for himselfand complete control of Scotland. William WallWhen the king of Scotland died without an heir to thethrone the nephew of the king also the king of England nicknamed Edward theLongshanks (Edward I) took the throne for himself and complete control of Scotland. William Wallace was Bornin January of the year 1272. He was the second of three sons.
He was born inthe town of Elerslie, which was in Scotland. His Father Sir Malcolm Wallaceheld the title of knight but had little to no political power. Wallace’s Fatherwas involved in a revolt called Turnberry Band when William was 14 years oldand was sent to live with his uncle Argile. His Uncle taught William Latinand French and how to be a swordsmen. When William’s father returned from therevolt at Turnberry Band William was 17 years old.
Fighting between rivalfamilies and rival towns were heating up. Civil War was about to Break outin Scotland. Brawling and riots inside towns turned into full scale battles,Where in the Battle of Loudoun Hill William’s father was involved and killed. William Stayed with his mother For two years until he met Murron Braidfootand married her in the year 1272. There are many tales on how William Wallacebecame and outlaw after his marrige, one such is that one day William wasfishing at a near by lake when a group of english soilders approached him anddemanded william give them the fish he had caught. William trying to get foodfor himself and his wife said they could only take half.
The soilders enragedlunged at William. But William fought off and killed both of the guards, foreverbecoming an outlaw. In The month of may 1272 A group of english soilders underthe command of The English Sheriff of Lanark, William de Hazelrig ordered thedeath of William’s wife. It seems that William had already started his revoltagainst England when his wife was murdered in an attempt to arrest Wallace. Wallace’s huge act of rebellion attracted the attention of common folk andScots nobles alike, all of whom were unwilling to bear Edward the Longshankslaws. Rebelion forces under William Wallace were scattered all over scotlandbut they all submerged together and met a larger more equipped english armyat the Battle of Stirling.
The Battle of Stirling happened a little differentlythan portrayed in the film Braveheart. On September 11, 1297, The English forceswere arrayed around Stirling Castle, while the Scots were opposite them acrossthe forth, which wound through a valley. All that seperated the two armieswas a bridge across the forth. Because of poor commanding by the English leaders,The english were trapped as they crossed the bridge and were slaughtered bythe Scots. In March of 1298 Wallace was Knighted by the scottish noble manRobert the bruce and was appointed guardian of Scotland.
Edward I finallyheaded for Scotland with his army in July of 1298 Sadly the english army wasmuch larger than the Scots and despite Wallace’s best efforts the english decimatedthe Scots at the battle of Falkirk. Wallace himself barely escaped and Somehistorians do belive that Robert the bruce helped Wallace escape from englishsoilders. After Scotland’s loss at Falkirk Wallace resignes as guardian ofScotland, no one knows what Wallace did for the next 3 years But some belivehe led mild raids into england which only enraged King Edward I more. Manybelive that someone betrayed Wallace at his capture near Glasgow by englishforces where he was immiediatly sent to london to be executed for treason. The Sentance was immiediatly carried out Wallace was wrapped in oxhide anddragged several miles to Smithfield.
Where he was hanged until almost unconsciousand then tied two a table and disemboweled where the english set his entrailson fire while still attached to his body, he was possibly castrated as welland then beheaded. Category: History