St Kentigerns in Lanark is to be the last resting place for the "Spirit of Wallace". As well as a full programme of events over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of August (see below), there is also a huge event in the town over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of September, when many thousands can gather to pay homage to Scotland's National Hero. The coffin will be carried through the town on the evening of the 11th, the anniversary of his great victory at Stirling Bridge, to its final resting place. Further details of this are given below, including the full programme for the 11th September.
The proposed Lanark Wallace Heritage Trail
The proposed Centre
Wallace inspired the Scottish people. He inspired the young Bruce who would later win the day and Scottish freedom at Bannockburn. He inspired the Declaration of Arbroath "For it is not for riches nor for glory that we are fighting but for freedom alone! That which no henes man gives up but with life itself." The Declaration of Arbroath went on to inspire the American Declaration of Independence. He gave the Scottish people, noble and commoner alike, belief in themselves, he gave them a belief in their right to nationhood and, above all else, he gave them the belief that they could win! By providing his people with inspiration and self-belief, Wallace enabled his countrymen to struggle on and achieve for his beloved nation, the most coveted prize of all - Peace.
White fabric sails soar above the ancient house of God, symbolising the freedom loving spirits of William Wallace and his beloved bride Marion Braidfute - reunited once more in the ancient church where they wed and finally remain in peace.
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August 2005:
Press cutting from the Lanark Advertiser, Thursday 30th September 2004
Press cutting from the Lanark Advertiser, Thursday 7th April 2005
"On August 20 and 21, the streets and parks between the site of Wallace's house and the royal castle where he started Scotland's Wars of Independence in earnest will be taken over by hundreds of Living History re-enactors from across Britain and Ireland, and possibly even further afield.
On September 10-11, Wallace will finally return to his home-town where, with great pomp and ceremony, a colourful, spectacular funeral procession is planned. ... Then a coffin containing the spirit of Wallace, captured in thousands of letters expressing Scottish people's thoughts of their hero, will be brought back to the ruins of Old St Kentigern's Church, where he married his sweetheart, Marian Braidfute."
Further and updated information on the events over the weekend in Lanark can be obtained by visiting the William Wallace Heritage Trust Lanark website, just click on the logo below.