Walk for Wallace



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The service in St Bartholomew's


all photographs copyright © Walk For Wallace except where indicated

No-one who was present at this commemorative service will ever forget it. This church was nearly 200 years old when Wallace was butchered in front of it, and was one of the last sights he saw. The interior is breathtakingly beautiful, and was an entirely appropriate place to hold the 700th anniversary commemoration.

The service commenced with hymns, and a rendering of "Flower of Scotland" by Ronnie Browne. Speeches were made by Dr Fiona Watson, Alex Salmond, and David R. Ross. The coffin was opened for tributes to be placed in it by those present, while the London Gaelic Choir sang. It was then closed, and Ted Christopher sang "I'm coming Home". Following a prayer, the coffin was then piped out of the church to commence the procession to the London Welsh Centre, the evening venue.

The gate to St Bartholomew's, looking out to Smithfield
The gate to St Bartholomew's, looking out to Smithfield
copyright © Morris Allan

The door of St Bartholomew's, from the gate
The door of St Bartholomew's, from the gate
copyright © Morris Allan

The guests start to make their way in
The guests start to make their way in

Inside the church
Inside the church

Inside the church
Inside the church

Inside the church
Inside the church

The coffin in the side chapel
The coffin in the side chapel

The Honour Guard make ready
The Honour Guard make ready

The coffin leaves the side chapel
The coffin leaves the side chapel

The coffin carried up the aisle
The coffin carried up the aisle

The coffin is rested in the church as the ministers look on
The coffin is rested in the church as the ministers look on

Ronnie Browne
Ronnie Browne

Ronnie Browne leads the singing of 'Flower of Scotland'
Ronnie Browne leads the singing of 'Flower of Scotland'

Ronnie Browne
Ronnie Browne

Alex Salmond speaks
Alex Salmond speaks
copyright © Eddie Tait

David makes his speech
David makes his speech
copyright © Donald McGillivray

The coffin is prepared to receive the tributes
The coffin is prepared to receive the tributes

The opened coffin
The opened coffin

The coffin ready to receive the tributes
The coffin ready to receive the tributes

The queue to place tributes in the coffin
The queue to place tributes in the coffin

The queue to place tributes in the coffin
The queue to place tributes in the coffin
copyright © Eddie Tait

People placing their tributes in the coffin
People placing their tributes in the coffin

Watching as the tributes are placed
Watching as the tributes are placed

The coffin is closed again
The coffin is closed again

The London Gaelic Choir singing
The London Gaelic Choir singing
copyright © Eddie Tait

The coffin before removal
The coffin before removal

The coffin before removal
The coffin before removal
copyright © Donald McGillivray

Preparing to leave
Preparing to leave

The coffin leaves the church
The coffin leaves the church

The coffin is piped out of the church
The coffin is piped out of the church
copyright © Eddie Tait

The coffin is piped out of the church
The coffin is piped out of the church

Preparing to leave St Bartholomew's
Preparing to leave St Bartholomew's