2005-07-28 Ireland Trip Page 10 - Stirling (Wallace Monument), Scotland
This is the same spot Christina went to during her semester with Pepperdine U. in Europe!
This guy is in full battle uniform with 70 pounds of armor on during the time of Robert the Bruce, etc.
Robert the Bruce is crowned King of Scotland, but has to wage a long war with the English to get back his country!
"I must join my own people and the nation in which I was born."
The William Wallace Monument, which we climbed to the top of!
"Be thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul's Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power."
-from "Be thou My Vision", an ancient Irish hymn, and one of my all time favorites
This is the real sword of Braveheart!
William Wallace is Scotland's other national hero, having trapped and defeated the English at Stirling Bridge in 1297 and assumed the title of Guardian of Scotland. However, Edward I ('Hammer of the Scots') defeated the Scots so badly at Falkirk in July 1298 that Wallace resigned the Guardianship and went underground.
On the way up the 270 steps to the top!
The beautiful view from the top of the Wallace Monument
This is a statue of Mel Gibson from "Braveheart", and seems out of place here!
Leader of the Protestant Reformation in Scotland
The beautiful country the Scots shed so much blood for.