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News: Special Delivery: The William Wallace Letters

The National Records of Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Parliament, The National Archives, London, and the Hansestadt Lübeck Archive is mounting a free exhibition 'Special Delivery: The William Wallace Letters' in the Scottish Parliament from Friday 10 August to Saturday 8 September 2012.

The centrepiece will be two surviving original documents with a direct link to William Wallace. The first of these is the so-called Lübeck Letter, issued by Wallace and Andrew Murray, inviting the ports of Lübeck and Hamburg to resume trade with Scotland. The second document is a letter of 1300 from the French King Philip IV to his agents at the Papal Court asking them to assist Wallace in his business before the Pope.

Image showing William Wallace's seal attached to the 'Lubeck Letter', 1297.

 

The uncertainty surrounding Wallace makes the documents at the centre of this exhibition all the more important - and intriguing. William Wallace has become a legendary hero to generations of Scots. This exciting exhibition explores the turbulent times in which he lived, and offers a once-in-a-generation chance to see the only two documents with a personal link to him.

Wallace emerged from obscurity in 1297 to play a key role in the Scottish Wars of Independence against Edward I, King of England. To learn more about his role why not attend the free debate about Wallace and the wider world in the Scottish Parliament on Friday 24 August? It is preceded by a talk by Dr Amanda Beam-Frazier on Wallace and King John Balliol. These events are part of the Festival of Politics at the Scottish Parliament. More information, including booking details, can be found on the Festival of Politics website.

Image showing William Wallace's name as written in the letter by King Philip IV to his agents in Rome (The National Archives, reference SC1/30/81).

William Wallace's name as written in the letter by King Philip IV to his agents in Rome (The National Archives, reference SC1/30/81).

The exhibition is free to attend and runs from Friday 10 August to Saturday 8 September 2012 (closed on Sundays and on 13-14 August). Opening hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm (except 9:00am to 6:30pm on 4-6 September).

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