Robroyston Wallace Monument discussions on Glasgow Guide
- Wallace Monument: National Disgrace; Historic site neglected by developers
3rd June 2007
It is an historic site of national importance on which stands a monument to one of the national heroes of Scotland, but it is being sadly neglected by housing developers. The William Wallace monument at Robroyston in the north of Glasgow once stood in splendid isolation, an emotive centrepiece in a quite, rural setting. The monument stood proudly marking the spot where Wallace was betrayed and captured, later to be taken in chains to London where the Scots hero who was hanged, drawn and quartered on August 23 1305...
- Wallace Monument: Still National Disgrace; One year on and things are worse at site
29th July 2008
Having visited the monument several times over the course of the last year to (hopefully) witness improvements and much-promised renovations, I now have to report that not only have those improvements not taken place, but the decay and ruin which has afflicted one of the most important historical sites in the city has gotten worse, and has now also spread to the nearby Wallace's Well.
- Robroyston Wallace Monument 2009; How far is this vandalism going to go?
3rd January 2009
Time and time again during the creation of numerous housing developments surrounding the Wallace Monument in Robroyston the public was told that the new investments would breath life into the area. Developments by Bellway, Bett, Bryant, Redrow and Wimpey, and most recently Cala and Stewart Milne, were designed, so it was announced in the press advertorials that accompanied each new estate, to create an upmarket residential environment that would benefit the entire area. Frequently mentioned was the prospect of a multi-million pound visitor centre to focus on the important historical role the area played in the history of Scotland; respect for - and protection of - the Robroyston Wallace Monument was always apparently high on everyone's agenda.
An Update On The Wallace Monument; A response on behalf of the
24th May 2009
I have recently received a response on behalf of Mike Russell,
Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution, at Holyrood.
I wrote to Mr Russell given that the Scottish government is currently
actively involved in promoting the Homecoming Scotland campaign. While I
do not expect that Mr Russell is in a position to take immediate action
to reverse the policy of decline of the Wallace Monument and Wallace's
Well, both of which are located in a constituency and a city controlled
by Labour politicians, I was still interested in his opinion.
Boy Fights To Protect Wallace Monument; Robroyston Wallace Monument
26th July 2009
A Glasgow teenager has launched a personal campaign to defy
developers and save the historic site at Robroyston where William
Wallace spent his final hours of freedom, before being captured prior to
being taken to London, where he was brutally executed. Glen Wood, 13, of
Garthamlock is worried about a well and nearby monument, which have
fallen into a state of disrepair and are covered in graffiti.
The Second Betrayal Of William Wallace; Wallace's Well on brink of
31st May 2011
Wallace's Well in Robroyston, the site where the Scottish patriot
William Wallace took his last drink as a free man, today, sadly, stands
on the brink of destruction. Despite much-repeated calls by community
and historical groups, Glasgow City Council has steadfastly refused to
protect the ancient site, resulting in the almost complete destruction
of the well's outer wall by passing road traffic.
National Wallace Monument resources
- The National Wallace Monument, Stirling
Open all year, The National Wallace Monument is packed with fascinating exhibits and displays - so come and visit one of the country's most magnificent sights, and meet Scotland's national hero - William Wallace.
- National Wallace Monument page on Undiscovered Scotland
On 3 August 1305, Wallace, now back in Scotland, was captured by the English in a barn at Robroyston in part of what is now Glasgow. He was betrayed to the English by a man he thought was a friend, Sir John Mentieth, who led him into a trap on the premise they were going to meet Robert the Bruce...
- Wars of Independence: William Wallace Betrayed and Captured (BBC Scotland)
1305 AD - Betrayed John de Mentieth, Wallace is handed over to the English before being transported to London to stand trial for his 'crimes'. An excellent resource about Wallace, the Wars of Independence and the general context of Wallace's life. The site is part of the outstanding 'History of Scotland' BBC series from 2008. Includes video.