WILLIAM WALLACE CROSS AND WELL
WHERE IS IT? In Robroyston, north of the city. The Cross and Well are on Lumloch Road, which runs around Campsie Meadows estate
In 1900, the Wallace Cross was raised in Robroyston on the exact spot where he was captured. It was unveiled by Emmeline McKerlie, a direct descendant of William Kerlie, a friend and compatriot of Wallace who was murdered when Wallace was captured.
It is believed Kerlie was slain by Sir John Monteith, a Scottish knight who betrayed them, loyal only to the English King, Edward I. The most common theory is that Monteith paid off Wallace’s squire, Jack Short, for their location, a small cottage that stood where the Cross now stands.
Half a mile along the road is the Wallace Well, built on a natural spring where it is widely believed Wallace took his last drink as a free man. The Well lost its B-listed protected status in 1993 in a decision taken by Historic Scotland and Glasgow City Council, who had earmarked the site for development.
Wallace's legend became popular culture after the release of Mel Gibson’s 1995 epic Braveheart. There was a resurgent interest in the site, with many building companies seeking to develop the land surrounding the Cross while promising to maintain and renovate the area. Among them were Aberdeen building company Stewart Milne, whose contract with the Council stated that they would build a car park to accommodate tourists to the area. The Well, however, is accessed along a blind country road, so we advise caution when visiting.
Next to the well is a small tribute to David R. Ross who passed away in 2010. Ross was a Scottish author, historian and the elected convenor of The Society of William Wallace. In 2005 he led a commemorative march to London in 2005, exactly 700 years after Wallace's capture and execution.
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