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The execution of William Wallace

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles, History on Friday, 13 August 2010

picture, William Wallace paraded by his captors

William Wallace paraded by his captors. Illustration by Peter Jackson

23 August marks the anniversary of the execution of William Wallace in 1305. The Scottish patriot and warrior led the resistance during the Wars of Scottish Independence, defeating the English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. He was himself defeated at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298.

Wallace evaded capture until 1305 when he was betrayed by a Scottish knight, John de Menteith, and handed over to the English. Taken to London and tried for treason, he was executed at Smithfield.

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