Sir William Wallace was a Scottish knight and one of the main leaders in the Wars of Scottish Independence. In September 1297 he defeated the English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. After the battle he was appointed Guardian of Scotland and served until he was defeated at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298. He continued to fight for Scottish independence until he was captured in 1305 executed in London for crimes of High Treason. In death his exploits passed into legend. Sir Walter Scott wrote about him in “Exploits and Death of William Wallace – the “Hero of Scotland”.
The William Wallace Sword on display at the Sterling Monument, Scotland, is alleged to have been used by Wallace at the battles of Stirling Bridge and Falkirk. After his execution in 1305, the sword is alleged to have been sent to John de Menteith, governor of Dumbarton Castle. In 1505, accounts show that James IV of Scotland paid 26 shillings to an armourer for "binding of Wallace's sword with cords of silk" and fitting it with "a new hilt and plummet" – which would account for the 16th century style hilt. A “new scabbard and a new belt” was also purchased at that time. Legend tells that the original scabbard and belt were made from the dried skin of Hugh Cressingham, one of the English Commanders at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
Our William Wallace Sword is a replica of the one displayed at the Stirling Monument and one of the best available to buy in the UK. It features a huge 136cm blade, the total length of the sword being an intimidating166cm! The 16th century style hilt fittings are made from solid steel and feature a leather wrapped wooden grip. This impressive sword has a blunt blade and is designed for display only.
Length - 166cm