The Wallace Statue
Things to do in St-Boswells Scottish Borders
Visitor-Attractions in Scotland
This giant statue of Sir William Wallace, hero of many years of battling with the neighbouring English in the 13th century, stands in the grounds of Bemersyde House.
Like most memorials in the area it was commissioned by David Stuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan. This huge statue of the ‘Guardian of Scotland’ stands 31 feet high in total, with the actual statue being 21½ feet high.
Made of red sandstone, by John Smith of Darnick, Wallace stands looking out over the Tweed with his broadsword in his right hand and his shield resting at his left. Originally painted white, the statue was unveiled on 22nd September 1814.
On the pedestal is inscribed:
“Wallace, great patriot hero
ill requited chief
The years having taken their toll, the Saltire Society raised by public appeal, funding to renovate the statue in 1991. The renovation was carried out by Bob Heath/Graciella Glenn Ainsworth. At the base there is an urn with the patriotic inscription:
“Peerless knight of Elderslie
Who wav’d on Ayr’s romantic shore
The beamy torch of liberty,
And roaming round from sea to sea
From glade obscure of gloomy rock
His bold companion call’d to free
The realm from Edward’s iron yoke.”
Situation – OS ref: NT 592326
How to get there:
By car: From the B6404, St Boswells to Kelso road, turn off along the B6356 road, signposted Dryburgh Abbey. About one mile along this road there is a junction signposted for Scott’s View to the right. Follow this road for about ½ mile. Car Parking is available on the left.
It can also be reached on foot from Dryburgh Village.
Not accessible by public transport.
As the approach is through woodland, suitable footwear is recommended.
Places to Stay Nearby
Local towns and villages:
- St Boswells