The fascination with Wallace has endured for centuries. But what do we know about the man himself?

Wallace must have been a large man. His sword, which you can see at the National Wallace Monument, is a two-handed monster, with a fearsome 4ft 4ins (1.2m) blade.  To wield such a weapon Wallace probably stood more than 6ft 6ins tall.

Wallace would not have worn tartan, which belongs to a later period of Scottish history.  Nor did Scots wear war paint at this time.  Wallace was a knight and would have worn armour.

It’s likely Wallace’s native language was Early Scots, known in his day as ‘Inglis’.  ‘Scotis’ was the name for the Gaelic language.

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