The National William Wallace Monument – Inktense Pencils on a Watercolour Moleskine This monument, honouring one of Scotland’s greatest folk heroes, was built in the Gothic Victorian style and completed in 1869. This is the view from Stirling Castle with the structure sitting on top of Abbey Craig and the Ochill Hills in the background. William Wallace is highly regarded in Scottish folklore. He led armies in raids and battles, including the famous Stirling Bridge and Falkirk campaigns, against the English in the Wars of Independence. He was captured by Edward 1st, known as “long shanks” because of his tall stature, and executed. Sadly most of my countrymen now seem to rely on the spurious accounts of his life from the film “Brave heart” (Mel Gibson). Its worth reading Wallace’s true story and how his demise lead to the rise of Robert the Bruce and the consequential turbulent times in our history. What many Scots don’t seem to know is why there was conflict in the first place and accounts of Kings, such as Alexander with his “Golden Age”, should be compulsory study in Scottish Schools. We don’t seem to teach much of our own history – but that’s another story. If you are interested – photos taken in Stirling Castle last Sunday on http://www.flickr.com/photos/28475994@N00/