William Wallace Statue, Bemersyde

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William Wallace statue at Bemersyde House

The William Wallace Statue is a statue commemorating William Wallace, standing in the grounds of the Bemersyde estate, in western Berwickshire.

The estate is beside the River Tweed, the nearest town being Melrose, across in Roxburghshire. The statue here was commissioned by David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan: it was carved of red sandstone by John Smith of Darnick and was erected in 1814.[1] It stands 31 feet high and depicts Wallace looking over the River Tweed.

The statue is today protected as a Category B listed building.[2] In 1991, the Saltire Society raised funds for a renovation which was carried out by Bob Heath and Graciella Glenn Ainsworth.

At Wallace's feet reads the inscription:[3]

Erected by David Stuart
Erskine, Earl of Buchan

Below the statue, as part of the same construction by John Smith is a smaller statue of a funeral style urn inscribed as follows:

Sacred to the memory of Wallace
The peerless Knight of Ellerslie [sic]
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 companions call'd to free
The Realm from Edward's Iron Yoke.[4]

Close by are Brotherstone Hill, Dryburgh Abbey, the Leaderfoot Viaduct, Newtown St Boswells, Scott's View and the Smailholm Tower.

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