Archive 2014


Ladies & Gentlemen please meet the winners of our Battle o' the Bell o' the Brae poetry competition, Blairdardie Primary School's Primary One based in Glasgow.

Our Vice Convenor Gary was invited along to meet the class and their teacher Erica.

Gary was treated to not only the kids telling him of Wallace's exploits but also a fashion show.

Think he had as much fun as the kids, the class were awarded certificates from the society and Wallace coins for the pupils who had made a specific contribution to the poem.

We had a special guest at one of our recent meetings, Mariana Boubee, who runs the William Wallace School of Language in Argentina, came along on a recent vacation to Scotland, the Society were delighted to meet her and listen to her input and ideas for the Society.

She surprised us all when she presented us a special plaque from her school to the society, we were all genuinely moved, another special memory for those that were there, thank you Mariana, it was lovely to meet you at last.

It's been a bit of a rough year here at Society Towers in one way or another and sometimes you just need a wee bit of good news to cheer yourself up.

David R Ross' daughter and our very own Master Of Arms, Kimberley and her partner James became proud parents of a wee baby Boy on 11th September 2014, (which coincidentally is also the anniversary of Wallace's victory at Stirling Bridge) and have named him after his Grandad David.

We know David would have been so very proud of you both!

We are absolutely delighted for the happy couple and wish them and their son David all the very best for the future.


We are pleased to announce the fourth in our series of coins, is it just us or are these coins just getting better and better? Appropriately this one celebrates one of Scotland's unsung heroes, Sir James the Good, commonly known as The Black Douglas. Designed by renowned Scottish artist Andy Hillhouse this is truly a one of a kind piece of art.

The coins are approximately 43mm in diameter and 3mm thick, a nice weight to them and very eye catching!! Item comes in a small protective plastic wallet.

Price is 10 pounds on collection or if you'd prefer 13 pounds to have it delivered to your door, this covers P&P and any charges by PayPal, this option is for UK and Europe only.

3 pounds from the sale of every coin will also go toward our Battle of the Belle of the Brae monument fund.

Delivery can take up to 14 Days although it's usually much quicker.

Including Postage & Packing

One of the best commemorations in recent years in our opinion, there was something tangible in the air, everyone felt it, a real sense of togetherness and belonging.

The event was very well attended with plenty of overseas visitors which is always a welcome sight, plenty of YES campaigners made the event even more colourful with all the flags and banners sending out a positive message in the run up to the referendum.

Ted Christopher should be very proud of his efforts as the driving force behind this event.

What an outstanding day (and night) Wallace Day was, and a big thank you to everyone who took part. It was always going to be a hard day for a lot of us without our convener Duncan Fenton, who sadly passed away in May, but we are sure he was looking down with pride on how the day went.

The march was very well attended and a cracking day for it, at the front of the march Ted Christopher had the honour of carrying Duncan's sword, together with Glen who was carrying Davie's axe.
We're very pleased to offer these fantastic shirts to you all, which were originally specially designed for the American market, but we sold a small number at Bannockburn and the response was fantastic. Delivered to your door for for only 15 pounds inclusive of delivery & PayPal charges + bonus gift.
Delivery can take up to 14 Days although it's usually much quicker

Despite the Scottish weather trying its best to dampen our spirits at Robroyston there was once again a healthy turnout to pay respect to not just William Wallace, but to fallen comrades and friends who we've lost over the years - especially Duncan who at today's commemoration was very much in our thoughts.

Treasurer George Boyle welcomed everybody, and gave thanks for their attendance on a day which would have been far more suited to sitting on the couch with a cup of tea rather than standing out here in the rain.

The day was typical of a Scottish summer's day with a light rain as we and the rest of the patriots made our way through Falkirk's town centre to the Old Parish Church for the start of the Society's march to the cairn in the town's Callendar Park.

The short march throughout the town was well received by all the locals with plenty pf banners and saltires on display and despite the rain, it didn't (couldn't) dampen the mood nor the spirits of the proud patriots who were expertly led through Falkirk by the pipes and drums of the fantastic Uphall Station Pipe Band.


What a fantastic day and night, a huge big thank you to Ted Christopher for organising the march, fantastic job mate, well done, the Society were so proud to have been part of it.

To the police on the day, who treated it with the respect and good humour that we've become accustomed to at these events, and to the pipe band who did an awesome job.

Thanks to all the speakers at Stirling and Bannockburn, great job by all concerned, and to Jim and John who marched all the way from Aberdeen to march at Bannockburn.


We are pleased to announce the third in our series of coins and how appropriate that this one celebrates the mighty King Robert the Bruce on the 700th Anniversary of Bannockburn. With a unique design by renowned Scottish artist Andy Hillhouse this is truly a one of a kind piece of art.

3 pounds from the sale of every coin will also go toward our Battle of the Belle of the Brae monument fund.

This offer is only open to orders in the United Kingdom at the moment but please get in touch if you're outwith the UK for more info.
Delivery can take up to 14 Days although it's usually much quicker.

Price Includes P/P

What a fantastic day at Loudon Hill with the Society of William Wallace, Strathleven Artizans and the Young Lions and fortunately the weather stayed good for us and only started to rain when we had finished.

Emotional day for me, with my both daughters involved with Charli laying the wreath on behalf of the Society and Abbey with her maiden speech on behalf of the Young Lions.

Duncan started off proceedings by welcoming a healthy crowd to the commemoration before we witnessed the Swords of Dalriada who had us all in awe.

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.

Workers have uncovered a centuries-old gateway which may have been used by William Wallace.

Volunteers hacking ivy from a wall at Kilspindie Church revealed a stopped-up gap which would once have linked the church to the adjacent Kilspindie Castle.

The Carse of Gowrie castle was once the home of Wallace's uncle and it is thought the hero of the Wars of Independence may have stayed there for periods of his life. According to the account of his life by the minstrel, Blind Harry, he was educated in nearby Dundee.

With the help of the late 'David Ross', we follow his book 'On the Trail of William Wallace' to see where Wallace can be found today. We are also going to try and update some information regarding some of the sites mentioned in the book.

Sean and Cha are following in the footsteps of William Wallace and where he can be found today.

They're using David Ross's excellent book 'On the Trail of William Wallace' as a guide and hopefully provide updates where they can and share info on how to find these places and any info that differs from the book.

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.


Our AGM took place in the main hall of Elderslie's Village hall and our new look committee is now in place and we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead in 2015. There were several new positions created in order to spread the workload and share the responsibility of all aspects of the Society. The new look committee have been elected for their various skills and hard work that they've shown in the past, we're very confident that the society is now in very good hands and are more than capable of dealing with any future challenges.


Convenor Gary Stewart
Vice Convenor George Boyle
Secretary George Kempik
Treasurer Lesley Matthews
Membership Secretary Stuart Duncan
Minute Secretary Christine Macleod
Webmaster George Boyle
Press & Media Officer Irene Clarke
Merchandise Officer Ziggy Wilson
Asst Merchandise Officer Craig Wilson
Social Convenor Anne Harris
Leader of the Young Lions Abbey Stewart
Wallace Society USA Randy Dedrickson
Marketing Secretary Neil Lochiel
Events coordinator William Ballantyne
Historical advisor Gordon Aitken
Committee member Archie Millar
Committee member Andy Middleton

Thanks to Richard Quinn for the photo
In here you'll find some things that we got up to stretching back to David's walk for Wallace in 2005.

Some of the waist lines and hair lines have changed a lot and there's some faces that are sadly no longer with us but please have a look and take a wee trip down memory lane.

If you have any old photos of any events we've attended or anything you'd like to share with us then please send them in we'd love to see them.

Please get in touch by clicking HERE
For those of you who may not have known Author, Historian and former Society Convenor David R Ross we thought it might be a nice idea to have this section on our home page to give you an idea of just how important he was to not only his friends but to Scotland as a whole.

David spread the word on Scotland's wonderfully rich and interesting culture and history far and wide and was especially popular on the west coast of America and Canada.

David continues to be our inspiration.

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The Society of William Wallace is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation Registration number SC045959