700-year-old William Wallace letter returned to Scotland

Wallace PassportThe medieval document will go on public display this summer alongside the famous Lubeck letter.

A 700-year-old letter believed to have been carried by William Wallace has been returned to Scotland.

The medieval document has been archived in England since it was discovered in the Tower of London in the 1830s.

The document is now on long-term loan to the National Records of Scotland after an agreement was reached with the National Archives in Kew.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop unveiled the ancient letter in Edinburgh and announced it will go on public display this August at the Scottish Parliament alongside the famous Lubeck letter.

Ms Hyslop said: “I am delighted to welcome 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.

“It is incredibly rare – a document with a direct link to our national hero. To have it here in Scotland, where it can be viewed by the Scottish public, is very significant indeed.”



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