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The work depicts William of Rule 'turning' an angry bull to save the life of Robert the Bruce in Stirling in 1313. It was commissioned by the Hawick-born Turnbull Clan Association.






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commissioned by the Turnbull Clan Association

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Hawick Community Council


Hawick Community Council

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at all times

Inscription description

KING ROBERT THE BRUCE WENT HUNTING IN THE GREAT WOOD OF CALEDON / NEAR STIRLING AND NARROWLY ESCAPED WITH HIS OWN LIFE WHEN ONE OF THE GREAT WHITE BULLS RUSHED FIERCELY AT HIM, THEN A MAN OF GREAT SPIRIT LEAPT BEFORE THE KING AND, GRAPPLING WITH THE BULL, CAST IT TO THE EARTH WITH GREAT FORCE AND HELD IT THERE WHILE THE REMAINING HUNTERS SLEW IT WITH THEIR WEAPONS. THERE AFTER WILLIAM RULE THE BORDERS MAN / WHO RESCUED THE KING WAS CALLED TURN-E-BULL - HECTOR BOECE, HISTORIAN 1526; there is a poem around the base of the sculpture: his arms robust the hardy hunter, flung - around his bending horns and upward rung with withering force his neck retorted round crushed with enormous strength his bony skull, and courtiers hailed the man who turned the mighty bull - John Leyden


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Located at

Tower Dykeside, Hawick


Located by the entrance to the Heritage Hub.