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News: Secret sword returns to Wallace Monument

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Dateline Scotland via The Daily Record

The legendary Wallace Sword has been reinstalled in its home at the National Wallace Monument following a period in secret storage.

The 5ft 4” sword has been moved from a location shrouded in secrecy where it was guarded 24 hours a day and has been reinstalled at the monument by renowned historian and weapons expert David Caldwell. it is now in the building’s Hall of Heroes having been moved during the recent refurbishment…

…The sword’s history is as significant as that of the Stone of Destiny. It is said that after the capture of Wallace, the sword was taken to Dumbarton Castle and kept for almost 600 years. Despite protests from the people of Dumbarton, in 1888 the sword was installed in the monument with great pomp and ceremony.

In 1912 the case containing the sword was broken by a suffragette called Ethel Moorhead to highlight the struggle to obtain votes for women, and it was stolen in 1936 and again in 1972 but on each occasion it was safely recovered and returned.

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