Stirling Brig 2018


Battle of Stirling Bridge Commemoration 9th Sept 2018

A word from our sponsors!:
Here, 721 years ago today, William Wallace and Andrew de Moray led a Scottish army to an unlikely victory to ensure Scotland remained a proud nation.

A huge thanks to everyone who came along to the Stirling Bridge commemoration on Sunday. A total of 1,119.30 pounds was raised on the day towards Guardians of Scotland Trust's quest to raise a fitting memorial on this spot.

Massive thanks too, to Tulliallan Pipes and Drums for leading the march and to Police Scotland who, as always, were tremendous.

Ted Christopher

It's Ted who runs this annual commemoration, with the avid cooperation of both the Society of William Wallace and the Society of Andrew de Moray. The assembly was held at Causewayhead Park (just below the Wallace Monument) from 1:30 pm, with march off at 2:00 pm led as always by Tulliallan Pipes and Drums. The march led down to the riverside site where the commemoration was duly held. Ted acted as compere, and after a brief delineation on the current state of affairs with regard to the council and the Guardians of Scotland Trust's intentions for the site, he introduced the first speaker. Nick Brand spoke about the legacy of Stirling Bridge, and its impact (along with the Battle of Falkirk) on Bruce's famous victory at Bannockburn. He read a poem by Paul Colvin after mentioning Cambuskenneth's involvement with Wallace, and then handed over to the next speaker. John Robertson from the Andrew de Moray Society (and incidentally Treasurer of the GOST) spoke about the cooperation between Wallace and de Moray, and the close links between the two societies. Andrew de Moray is truly one of Scotland's forgotten heroes, and the proposed statue on the site will be the only one of someone who played a crucial role in Scotland's survival. He then (with a bit of assistance) raised the new saltire on site. This always causes a bit of a delay, as the flagpole seems reluctant every year to relinquish the old flag! Ted then closed proceedings with his epic song "I'm Coming Home", written for the 700th anniversary of Wallace's judicial murder in a foreign land. This was then followed by a hoolie at Stirling Rugby Club, another long-standing tradition. All in all, a good day out.

The combatants assemble :-)
Tulliallan Pipes and Drums lead off
The Society banner on the march
The march
The march
Young and old together
Turning in towards the Bridge
The banner enters the field
Ted Christopher welcomes the assembled throng
Ready for the speeches
Nick Brand's speech
John Robertson's speech
Raising the flag - eventually...
Ted's closing remarks
Ted sings 'I'm Coming Home'
The Hoolie is under way
The main man returns to his first love
Photos courtesy of Gusto McKechnie, Lorna Taylor, Kate Smith, Robert Spears, Michael Balahura, Carey Sinclair and Annie Murray.

Back to Top

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