Search for lost Wal­lace sword

Scottish Daily Mail - - Comment -

IT is a price­less relic that would take pride of place in any Scot­tish mu­seum.

But his­to­ri­ans have ad­mit­ted that a 700-year-old sword be­lieved to have been wielded by Sir William Wal­lace has been miss­ing since 1930.

A world­wide hunt is on for the arte­fact, last seen when it was sold to a Glas­gow an­tique dealer named Mof­fat.

Af­ter Wal­lace’s death in 1305, the sword was kept at Loudoun Cas­tle in Ayr­shire be­fore be­ing taken to Eng­land in the 19th cen­tury by the Mar­quis of Hast­ings.

Sean Don­nelly, of the So­ci­ety of William Wal­lace, said: ‘The so-called Loudoun sword is a 13th cen­tury clay­more, so it even looks more true than the “Wal­lace sword” ev­ery­one knows [on dis­play at the Na­tional Wal­lace Mon­u­ment in Stir­ling].

‘Mr Mof­fat as­sured peo­ple at the time that it would stay in Scot­land, but af­ter his pass­ing the trail goes cold ....

‘Our big­gest con­cern is it is no longer in the coun­try. There are so few ob­jects around with a phys­i­cal link to Wal­lace.

‘We would love for it to be in public hands and on dis­play for the peo­ple of Scot­land to see.’

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