Alex Salmond, once the villain nobody trusted. I had to listen to people say “I don’t believe this man” or “I hate the man” Now all I read is “Alex is a hero” And let’s make no mistake, Alex is a hero. He will be remembered for all of time like we remember William Wallace now. This is what Alex has achieved. He won over the hearts and minds of his doubters, his people, his nation, our nation, of that there is no argument
The villain’s of Wallace’s time to the villains today. The ‘Noblemen’ The families who got Wallace killed” The Scottish Noblemen who sided with the English King to get Wallace hung, draw and quartered, in the end History tells us he died with the same bravery he had in life. We have these same ‘Noblemen’ they come in the form of lying politicians, but if truth be told the crime they did on Scotland was far greater
We can look to Ruth Davidson, we can look to Alistair Darling, we can look to Jim Murphy and we can look to Johann Lamont but with Johann, she is more like Robert the Bruce, he did a bad thing and then came back to his people and fought to free Scotland, it can be said Johann did in the end say “Enough is enough” Just a thought. Both William Wallace and Robert Bruce stand guard at the gates of my city’s castle, Edinburgh Castle. I don’t go much but when I do I look at these statues of Wallace and Bruce and I can hear the clanging of War. I can hear the shouting and screaming and can also feel the pride and battle hardened souls both were and it is that spirit that will carry Scotland to the promised land. Make no mistake, Scotland has stood up and we sure as hell won’t sit down till we complete what was the deal, till we get what is due. It will happen
So we look at Alex as a 21st Century William Wallace. The 13th Century one we hear the legend of the man. We are in a brilliant time now, we are seeing almost History repeat itself 700 years on. This time it is 5 Million people and the SNP with morals and dignity that will this time 100% free Scotland.
I must add, Alex, Nicola, John, all of them, they can’t do it alone. Same as Wallace and Bruce, they didn’t do it alone, many Scots died on these battlefields we now visit and pay homage to. We don’t have to die guys, we must tick a box, this time knowing The 21st centuries traitors we can silence as we did before.
He gave it his all, but history will remember him
Here is the History of WIlliam Wallace, a man who stood the test of time, a man us Scot’s love but will never meet:
Wallace led the Scottish rebellion against Edward I and inflicted a famous defeat on the English army at Stirling Bridge. He is remembered as a patriot and national hero. William Wallace was born in the 1270s in Elderslie in Renfrewshire into a gentry family. Very little is known about his early years and there are significant periods of his life for which there are no reliable sources.
In 1296, Edward I of England had taken advantage of a succession crisis in Scotland and imposed himself as ruler with an English administration. Within months, Scottish unrest was widespread.
In May 1297, Wallace attacked the town of Lanark, killing the English sheriff and unrest quickly became full-blown rebellion. Men flocked to join Wallace and he began to drive the English out of Fife and Perthshire. In September 1297, Wallace defeated a much larger English force at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. This and subsequent military successes severely weakened the English hold on Scotland. Wallace then launched raids into England. In late 1297 or early 1298 he was knighted and appointed ‘guardian of the kingdom’ in the name of John Balliol, the deposed king of Scotland.
The shock of the defeat at Stirling rallied the English around Edward, who marched north with an army. Wallace’s strategy was to avoid confrontation and gradually withdraw. He destroyed the countryside as he went, forcing Edward to march deeper and deeper into Scotland. In July 1298, the Scottish and English armies met near Falkirk, and the Scots were defeated. Wallace escaped and little is known of his movements, but at some stage he resigned the guardianship and was succeeded by Robert Bruce and John Comyn.
Wallace then went abroad, notably to France, to seek support for the Scottish cause. He returned to Scotland in 1303. In his absence Robert Bruce had accepted a truce with Edward I and, in 1304, John Comyn came to terms with the English as well. Wallace was excluded from these terms and the English king offered a large sum of money to anyone who killed or captured him. Wallace was seized in or near Glasgow in August 1305, and transported to London. He was charged and tried with treason, which he denied, saying he had never sworn allegiance to the English king. His execution was held on 23 August, where he was hung, drawn and quartered. His head was placed on London Bridge, and his limbs displayed in Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling and Perth.
Imaginative 18th-century engraving of Wallace
|Died||23 August 1305
Smithfield, London, Middlesex,England
Cause of death
|Hanged, drawn and quartered|
|London England in unmarked grave|
|Occupation||Commander in the Scottish Wars of Independence|
|Parents||Father: Alan or Malcolm Wallace|
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