Scotland’s Heroines

8th Mar 2017 - 12th Mar 2017

Who are Scotland’s Heroines?

Visit The National Wallace Monument on the 8th, 11th or 12th March to celebrate the achievements of some of Scotland’s most famous women – who take their place alongside the country’s National Hero, William Wallace.

The National Wallace Monument has told the story of Scotland’s first national hero for over 145 years and The Hall of Heroes contains the bust of 16 distinguished Scotsmen, “those whom Wallace, had they belonged to his age, would have chosen as his friends” (Charles Rogers, 1886) and in 2017 The National Wallace Monument will introduce its first female figurehead to 2nd floor gallery.

During live actor performances, William Wallace and the Monument’s caretakers will discuss and debate who should be the first heroine to be recognised in The National Wallace Monument.

Fourteen Remarkable Women

In their own way, every one of the fourteen women shortlisted has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of countless men, women, and children, in Scotland, and in countries around the world. The shortlist features pioneering engineers Victoria Drummond and Dorothée Pullinger. It includes women who tirelessly campaigned for equality – such as Christian Maclagan – and those who were among the first females to attend university, including Sophia Jex-Blake and Chrystal Macmillan. Many others dedicated their lives to helping those in need, including Elsie Inglis, Maggie Keswick Jencks, Jane Haining and Mary Slessor. And whether it was their contribution to the arts – as seen in Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, Màiri Mhòr nan Òran and Jean Redpath – or their undeniable talent in their chosen field – as shown by Nancy Riach and Mary Somerville, they have all earned the right to be recognised as Scotland’s Heroines.

Selecting which woman should be the first Heroine to be commemorated in The Hall of Heroes will be a challenging task!

Who would William Wallace want to see honoured in his monument?

Who will get your vote?

Everyone has the chance to place their vote before voting closes on 31st March 2017. Voting takes place online or in person at the Monument.

Initially, one heroine will be commemorated, whilst additional displays and information will tell the story of the other deserving females shortlisted. The National Wallace Monument will then begin the process of recasting the exhibition space to allow further heroines and heroes to be introduced over time.


Performance dates: Wednesday 8th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March 2017

Performance times: 11.15am, 12pm, 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm and 4pm