Wallace - the Sword

  • Stained glass window with William Wallace The ancient Wallace Sword is our strongest surviving link to the real William Wallace wading into battle with the English in the late 1200s.
  • Scotland's hero would have wielded this extraordinary two-handed weapon.
  • For 600 years the sword was kept at Dumbarton Castle.
  • In 1505 King James IV paid for 'ane new hilt and plommet'.
  • Since 1888, however, it has enjoyed pride of place in the National Wallace Monument in Stirling, overlooking the site of Wallace's most famous victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge (1297).
  • The sword measures 5ft 4ins (1.63m), and the blade, although reduced by fracture and re-welding over the centuries, is still a fearsome 4ft 4ins (1.2m). It weighs approximately 6.5lbs (2.9 kilos)
  • It tells us Wallace was a giant of a man, likely standing more than 6ft 6ins tall.