Most international visitors to Scotland when asked to name ‘something Scottish’ will include Braveheart in their top five list. Although Braveheart, or real name Sir William Wallace, has been an iconic figure in Scottish history for hundreds of years, it was the 1995 movie, directed by Mel Gibson, that brought William Wallace to major international recognition.
Sir William Wallace was a Scottish knight and landowner who became one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence. William Wallace became a legend by defeating an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, serving until his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk. In 1305, Wallace was captured in Robroyston, near Glasgow, and handed over to King Edward I of England. King Edward, also known as Edward Longshanks and The Hammer of the Scots, had Wallace hanged, drawn, and quartered for high treason.
Mel Gibson’s entertaining, but far from accurate, movie of Wallace’s story won 5 Oscars, including award for Best Picture. The interior of Mornay’s castle in the film was filmed in Edinburgh Council Chamber, High Street, Old Town, Edinburgh.