In common with most societies, we maintain an assets register. Mostly, this is really pretty dull - it includes two folding marquees, several folding tables, a bunch of folding chairs, etcetera, etcetera (we do have an exact record, but I don't maintain it!). But there are also a few more interesting items amongst them; some of which are out regularly on display at the various annual events, and some of which are a bit too delicate to be put out on public display too often. It was decided to post information about some of these, so that Society members and the general public can see what is held by the Society of William Wallace. This will be an ongoing project, with no time scale for its conclusion.

The very first items are probably the two best-known of all the Society's pieces - the Wallace Sword replicas, shown here with our former Convenor Duncan. These are generally on display at every event we attend, and are among the most popular with the public. It would appear that everyone loves a big sword - or two!

A lot more information on the swords is available here

The David R Ross Memorial Quaich

The idea of the "The David R Ross Memorial Quaich" originated with long-term Society members Irene and Paul Clark in 2010, with the notion of presenting it to a member who, in the eyes of the committee, had made an outstanding contribution in the year just past. It is presented by the Society Convenor on Wallace Day to the designated recipient, who is usually unaware of having been considered for the honour.

More information on the Quaich is available here

The Coin Collection Display Board

This beautiful item was donated to the Society by our member from Liechtenstein, Patrick Herman, as a token of his appreciation in being welcomed into the Society. He donated it to the Society on Wallace Day, 2019. It's a bit difficult to photograph properly, as it is designed to be wall-mounted, and hinges outwards from the left hand side to properly display both sides of each of the 9 coins in the collection. The marquetry (inlay) in the wooden surround is simply magnificent, and as a fairly delicate piece of work will be unlikely to be publicly displayed very often other than on Wallace Day itself, as it could be too easily damaged either in transit or if displayed in one of our marquees, although we are trying to come up with a safe method of doing so. It certainly deserves to be properly mounted as it is already one of our most treasured items.


The Elderslie Snuff Box

The Society recently were offered a snuff box, bought by the current owner in the 1960s, and for which he provided provenance. It is made from oak from Wallace's Oak tree in Elderslie, and given the date the current owner had purchased it, along with the workmanship of the silver plaque and the relative lack of high value at that time, the effort involved in 'faking' something like this at the time seemed extremely unlikely. It was offered at a very reasonable price, so we purchased it. It is what is termed a Treen Snuff Box, slightly dented and marked but overall in fairly good condition for its age. The silver plaque on the lid reads "Wallace's Oak, Elderslie 1856". The box itself is 10.3 cm x 4.2 cm X 3 cm, and it is something that the Society had to have given the history behind it. Again, this may prove difficult to display in one of the touring marquees, given its 'portability'! - though perhaps inside a large perspex box it might be more accessible.


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