Scotland's Hero,William Wallace
A man of whom the facts are truthfully few. A man of low status or minor status and called by some an outlaw or bandit, it may have been that Wallace was being used by more powerful Scots aristocrats as a cover for their rebellion so they could be seen not to break their feudal vows of homage to Edward.
A contemporary chronicler writing in the monastery of Lanercost in Cumberland, has this
William Wallace was a man born to be a leader. Of the little known facts we have of
Wallace, the one that comes across the clearest is that he inspired and led his men with
efficiency, sometimes barbarously, in a guerrilla war against the English fueled by his
passion for vengeance and his love for Scotland. When we read the story of William Wallace,
imagination wanders back to the times of heroic antiquity, and enthusiasm can scarcely
keep pace with reason in forming an estimate of his services to his country.