Wallace\'s Revolt. Arrival of a new leader excited the people to revoltIn May 1297 Wallace killed Heselrig as revenge for the murder of his wifeThis shocked the English and they were eager to catch Wallace. Who was William Wallace and Why was he so important?. Most famous of Scottish leadersNot from an important noble familyVery little is known of his early lifeFirst mention of him in 1297 when described as an
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Leaving in September 1296 to fight France, Edward I believed that Scotland was his
He was wrong: defeat of Scottish army and imprisonment of Balliol did not mean that Scots had accepted defeat
Harsh treatment of Scots made them angry and eager for revenge
The Nobles may have accepted defeat but others would carry on the fight….
What he did was not unique
Others were fighting back…..
Andrew Murray captured English castles in Inverness & Elgin
In the South West, Robert Bruce, James Stewart and Wishart led resistance
All of this evidence points to an organised national campaign against the English
Wallace became their leader and the focus of Scottish resistance….
With Sir William Douglas, Wallace launched an attack on Scone
Ormsby escaped with his life but Wallace seized valuable war ‘booty’
Scots were triumphant
After each attack Wallace & his men disappeared into the countryside
English found it very difficult to find them
Wallace’s attacks gave Scottish nobles led by James Stewart time to form an Army