Rethinking William Wallace

When Mel Gibson brought the story of Scottish hero William Wallace to the screen in Braveheart, Wallace became a worldwide symbol of freedom, but the seeds of rebellion may have had a slightly different beginning according to a new study.

In a recent article, Professor Dauvit Broun of the University of Glasgow proposes that wallace was not the only leader of the rebellion, but a co-leader with Richard of Lundie.

Broun writes:

“Richard of Lundie was a close ally of William Wallace and rose with him in opposition to the English occupation of Scotland.  It was Lundie who led the band with Wallace that was responsible for the killing of the Sheriff of Lanark on 3 May 1297. But just a few weeks after this, when it seemed as though the most prominent leaders of the rebellion, including the future King Robert the Bruce, James Stewart and the Bishop of Glasgow, would sue for peace, Lundie decided to go over to the English, presumably to save his own skin.”