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The People's Friend - - Puzzles 83 -

I en­joyed read­ing about the Na­tional Wal­lace Mon­u­ment in the “Friend”.

Last sum­mer my husband and I vis­ited Stir­ling and af­ter lunch in a lovely, tra­di­tional ho­tel we headed for the Old Stir­ling Bridge. My great­grand­fa­ther, James Mar­quis Chisholm, wrote a piece of mu­sic of that name, but I didn’t know its sig­nif­i­cance un­til our stop at the mon­u­ment.

There I heard about the cer­e­mony of the Lay­ing of the Foun­da­tion Stone at­tended by thou­sands in 1861. My great-grand­fa­ther had been asked to com­pose mu­sic for the words of a poem cel­e­brat­ing Wal­lace’s vic­tory at the bridge. The re­sult­ing song was sung on this oc­ca­sion with him present as the ac­com­pa­nist.

Wal­lace was vic­to­ri­ous in bat­tle at what was then a nar­row and wooden bridge. Today it is still nar­row but made of stone and makes for a pretty photo op­por­tu­nity.

There was a ban­quet fol­low­ing the Lay­ing of the Foun­da­tion Stone which James Mar­quis also at­tended and which, to my de­light, was held in the very same ho­tel where we had lunch on our special visit to Stir­ling.

Mrs S.H., War­ring­ton.

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