HUNDREDS of patriotic Scots will descend on Braveheart Sir William Wallace’s Elderslie birthplace later this month to commemorate his murder over 700 years ago. The traditional Wallace Day parade will take place on Saturday, August 21, and leaves from Ludovic Square, in Johnstone, at 2.30pm to walk to the Wallace Monument, in Elderslie, where wreaths are laid.
In the evening, Elderslie Village Hall will host an evening of entertainment with Ted Christopher and Albannach, and a bar will be available.
Wallace Day is one of the most colourful in Renfrewshire’s year and the march is headed by a pipe band and many of those who go along get right into the spirit of things by wearing tartan and carrying Saltires.
Wallace, along with Andrew Moray, is remembered for defeating an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297.
Organisers say the march dedicated to the freedom fighter will draw hundreds of people from across the country.
Wallace was born in the village around 1270 and went on to become Renfrewshire’s most famous son as, along with Andrew Moray, he defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
He was named Guardian of Scotland but resigned the post after defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298.
Wallace evaded English attempts on his life for several years until he was captured at Robroyston in 1305.
He was handed over to Edward I of England, who had him executed for treason at Smithfield, London.
Now the Society of William Wallace will mark his death with their latest rally.