William Wallace (1270–1305)
William Wallace (1270–1305)
William Wallace (1270–1305)
William Wallace (1270–1305)
William Wallace (1270–1305)
William Wallace (1270–1305)
William Wallace (1270–1305)
William Wallace (1270–1305)
William Wallace (1270–1305)
William Wallace (1270–1305)
William Wallace (1270–1305)

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The full height statue depicts the Scottish hero, William Wallace, with flowing, wind-blown hair. There is a cord around his neck, and under his right arm he holds what appears to be a horn. He is dressed in chain mail and surcoat with a large two-handed sword held in his right hand pointing diagonally towards the ground. He gestures with his left hand, possibly towards the city's harbour, where his biographer 'Blind Harry' recounted that Wallace burned English ships, (though there is actually no evidence that Wallace ever came to Aberdeen). The plinth is a substantial, rough-hewn asymmetric block of squared pink granite stones, which gives the appearance that Wallace is standing on ramparts.

William Wallace (1270–1305)




bronze & granite


H 488 x W (?) x D (?) cm;
Plinth: H 213 x W (?) x D (?) cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by John Steill

Work type



Aberdeen City Council


Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Work status


Listing status

B (Scotland)

Listing date



at all times

Inscription description

front of plinth: IN HONOUR OF / WILLIAM WALLACE / GUARDIAN OF SCOTLAND; south part of plinth, in black letters: ''Go back to your Masters, and tell them that we / came not here to treat, but to fight and set Scotland free.'' / ANSWER of WALLACE to the English friars sent to negotiate a / pacific treaty with him before the Battle of Stirling Bridge.


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Located at

Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen City

AB25 1GW

Set in a small triangular park opposite His Majesty's Theatre and across from Union Terrace Gardens.