The statue at Dryburgh of William Wallace the Scottish Patriot during the Wars of Scottish Independence.[ He defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, and was Guardian of Scotland, serving until his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298. Wallace was captured In 1305, handed over to King Edward I of England, who had him summarily hanged, drawn, and quartered for high treason His statue, commissioned by the Earl of Buchan, was the first monument to be raised to Wallace in Scotland. In red sandstone and 21.5 feet high, it was placed on its pedestal in 1814.
Hermitage Castle, near Newcastleton, is set in an isolated part of Liddesdale, The castle was begun by an English lord, Sir Hugh de Dacre, and captured by Sir William Douglas in 1338, one of Scotland’s most powerful noblemen.
In 1566, the 4th Earl of Bothwell, secret lover of Mary Queen of Scots, was badly injured in a skirmish with reivers. On hearing the news, Mary rode out to visit from Jedburgh, a 25-mile moorland ride - a long round journey from which she nearly died.
The 19 span Leaderfoot Railway Viaduct is 3 miles from my home and crosses over the River Tweed, near Melrose. It was built in 1863, with trains running until the line closed in 1965. The structure is now in the care of Historic Scotland.
|The Eldon Hills at dusk|