Last chance to see historic William Wallace letter

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TIME is running out if you wish to see a historic letter which may have been seized along with Scottish legend William Wallace at Robroyston.

The only two original letters with a direct link to Wallace are on display at the Scottish Parliament until this Saturday.

One of them may have been in his posession when he was captured in Robroyston.

The Wallace Letter has been held in England since it was discovered in the Tower of London in the 1830s. It is now on loan to the National Records of Scotland after an agreement was reached with The National Archives in Kew.

It is over 700-years-old and is from the French King Philip IV.

The letter from the French king asks his agents in Rome to help Wallace in business with Pope Boniface VIII.

It also suggests Wallace intended to travel to Rome, although it is not known what his business there was or if he reached his destination.

William Wallace was arrested by English forces in 1305 at Robroyston. A statue still stands as a monument to the legendary figure and there have been calls for more to be done to develop the area.

Also on display at the Parliament is the famous Lübeck Letter, issued by Wallace and Andrew Moray as Guardians of Scotland after the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Special Delivery: The William Wallace Letters’, runs until Saturday.

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