Wallace letter unveiled

LINLITHGOW MSP Fiona Hyslop has unveiled a 700 year old letter believed to have once been in the possession of William Wallace, in her capacity as cabinet secretary for culture.

The letter has been held in England since being discovered in the Tower of London in the 1830s. It is now on long-term loan to the National Records of Scotland after an agreement was reached with The National Archives in Kew.

Fiona said: “I am delighted to have played a part in bringing the Wallace letter back to Scotland.

“It is one of the few surviving artefacts with a direct link to William Wallace and a fascinating fragment of our nation’s history. To have it here in Scotland, where it can be viewed by the Scottish public, is very significant indeed.

“This summer, the Wallace letter and the Lübeck letter will be displayed side by side in a once in a lifetime opportunity to view together the only two surviving documents directly connected to William Wallace.

“I would urge my constituents across West Lothian to visit the Scottish Parliament to see this important piece of history for themselves.”