Today marks the day when the Scottish hero William Wallace was captured by the English and sentenced to death.
On the 5th of August of the year 1305, Sir William Wallace who led the Scottish resistance against England, was captured by the English, near Glasgow, and transported to London where he was put on trial and executed. Along with Andrew Moray, Wallace defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297, and was appointed Guardian of Scotland, serving until his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in July 1298.
When Wallace was captured and handed over to King Edward I of England, the brutal king had him hanged, drawn, and quartered for high treason. Since his death, Wallace has obtained an iconic status far beyond his homeland. To the Scots, William Wallace is a national hero and an exemplar of unbending commitment to Scotland’s independence.