Loudoun Hill 2019


Loudounhill, the site of three battles but only recently given some notoriety as the last battle scene in Outlaw/King. Long overdue in my opinion, but at least the Irvine Valley Regeneration Partnership had the foresight to erect the remarkable Spirit of Scotland monument sculpted by local artist, Richard Price, placed at the foot of the hill in 2004.

Our Commemoration is a joint event, SOWW and The Strathleven Artisans, the two prominent Wallace and Bruce societies. We gathered in the car park and marched down to the monument at the appointed time. This year's proceedings were led by an address by Ken Shirra from the Knights Templar, who introduced Fearchare Fia, who we all know as Jinty, to say a few words on behalf of the Strathleven’s. This was followed by George Kempik on behalf of the SOWW, and Gary Stewart the Society's Convenor, then flowers were laid on behalf of the three organisations present, plus personal offerings from some of the others present.

Ken concluded the proceedings with a minutes silence and final prayer.

Around 40 to 50 people attended, all the time guarded over by Jamie Blackhall, who held a Saltire aloft on top of Loudounhill during the whole service.
See you all next year.

Gathering in the car park
Gathering in the car park
Marching down to the sculpture
Ken Shirra opens proceedings
Ken delivers his address
Jinty delivers her speech
Jinty's speech
George Kempik addresses those present
George's speech
Lorraine flies Norrie's flag
Gary makes his speech
Ken delivers the blessing
The Society banner
A special thank you to Jean Brittain and Lyall Duff for the photos

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