April 2009:
Site launched!

William Wallace & Springburn Museum

Some ten years ago, as part of the Glasgow 1999 celebrations to honour the city's new-found pride in its built environment, the curator of the now-closed Springburn Museum, Dr Gilbert T. Bell, crafted an informative and inspiring series of information sheets about the history of Springburn and the surrounding area.

One of those information sheets was entitled 'Wi' Wallace Bled', William Wallace: Local Hero and Guardian of Scotland. In the leaflet Dr Gilbert detailed both the reasons why the site of the Glasgow Wallace Monument is so important to this country, as well as the dangers and opportunities of future developments which might take place in the green belt area around the Robroyston monument.

Why Wallace Matters

In an outstanding introduction to the Wallace sheet, Dr Gilbert explained exactly why William Wallace still matters:

Why Robroyston Matters

Dr Gilbert added:

Objectives of this site

  1. Precisely because Robroyston matters – for the reasons set out above by Dr Gilbert – it is time to try to raise the profile of the Robroyston Wallace Monument. The objective of this modest website is to stimulate interest in, and, at the same time, generate investment towards providing positive, sustainable work to protect and enhance this cherished national asset. Also, the site of Wallace's Well itself needs to be restored and protected.
  2. Dr Gilbert also detailed a list of threats and opportunities facing the monument. Unfortunately, over the ten-year period since the local historian wrote his prophetic words of warning, both the scale and speed of housing development at Robroyston has exceeded even his fears ... and it is unlikely to stop any time soon. This website will highlight the scale of the developments which have taken place – and are ongoing – to ensure that the public understands exactly what is happening on the north-eastern edge of this fine city.
  3. We also wish to highlight the issue of the return to Scotland of Wallace's Safe Conduct letter [see below] that he was carrying on the night he was captured. This ‘Safe Conduct’ letter was supposed to guarantee Wallace safe passage to Europe to visit the Pope; it is currently held at the National Archives in Surrey. The letter was written by King Philip IV of France and has been held in England since Wallace was executed - hung, drawn and quartered – in London on 23 August 1305.