The Hall of Heroes
The second floor gallery tells the story of how Wallace’s life has inspired generations of Scots through the centuries.
The Wallace Sword
The striking centrepiece on this floor is the Wallace Sword, a powerful symbol of his courage and skill, presented on stone quarried from the Abbey Craig when the Monument was being built.
The sword measures 1.67m, and weighs approximately 3kilos.
Wallace’s sword was brought to the Monument in 1888 from its historic resting place in Dumbarton Castle.
There are a total of 15 white marble busts and one bronze bust in the Hall of Heroes. The busts were donated at different times, sometimes by subscription and at other times by a single donor.
The idea of the hero has been taken beyond the traditional notion of brave freedom fighters to include heroes of 19th century endeavour and reform.
Sir David Brewster
The National Wallace Monument has told the story of Scotland’s first national hero for over 145 years and The Hall of Heroes is the perfect place to tell the story of women who have surprised, delighted and inspired so many with their determination, fortitude and spirit – the very values which Wallace stood for.
In 2017 The National Wallace Monument announced that Maggie Keswick Jencks and Mary Slessor will be the first female figureheads introduced into The Hall of Heroes.
The physical and logistical constraints of The Hall of Heroes present challenges as to the number and nature of commemorative displays that can be accommodated. Initially, the two heroines will be commemorated, whilst additional displays and information will tell the story of the other deserving females shortlisted. Stirling District Tourism will then begin the process of recasting the exhibition space to allow further heroines and heroes to be introduced over time.