HUNTERSTON CASTLE AND THE WALLACE OAK - 30th July 2022

A wee day out with a group of members from the Society of William Wallace, moving the last piece of the Wallace Oak that Wallace was chained to before his handover to English custody, from its temporary storage in Port Glasgow to Hunterston Castle, where it will be kept for preservation. The story is now almost complete at last, having started due to the incredible luck that two guys initially tracked its location down and every credit to Sean Donnelly (sadly no longer with us) and Cha Halliday. There is still some work to be done but on the day, it was moved, trimmed and prepared for eventual display. Historic Environment Scotland were offered the oak, but their refusal of this gift left the door open for Hunterston Castle to step in and make ready to display it. Thank you all at Inverclyde Community Development Trust for the safe storage, freely given. Thank you all at Hunterston Castle for keeping its future safe for us.

The Oak remnant in storage
George assesses the situation
Wrapping prior to the move
All set to go
Leaving the temporary storage
Arrival at Hunterston and removal of all loose areas
Preservation commences
The motley crew
Coated with the preservative
Nearly ready for display
Gordon and Cha
Ready for storage again until the podium is prepared
 
Thanks to Gordon Aitken and Cha Halliday for the photos

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