Dryburgh, Wallace's Statue And Ornamental Urn

Commemorative Monument, Statue

Site Name Dryburgh, Wallace's Statue And Ornamental Urn

Classification Commemorative Monument, Statue

Alternative Name(s) Bemersyde House; Wallace Statue

Canmore ID 71817

Site Number NT53SE 103

NGR NT 59156 32697

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

Ordnance Survey licence number 100020548. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Mertoun
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Ettrick And Lauderdale
  • Former County Berwickshire

Archaeology Notes

NT53SE 103 59156 32697

For Bemersyde House see NT53SE 9.00

Architecture Notes


The subject consists of a giant stone statue (some 31 feet high) of William Wallace and a classical funeral-style urn built on an outcrop above the River Tweed. It was built for David Stuart Erskine, Earl of Buchan, c.1814. The sculptor was John Smith. The urn is inscribed with the following lines:

Sacred to the memory of Wallace

The peerless Knight of Ellerslie [sic]

Who wav'd on Ayr's Romantic shore

The beamy torch of Liberty

And roaming round from Sea to Sea

From Glade obscure of gloomy Rock

His bold companions call'd to free

The Realm from Edward's Iron Yoke.

Information from RCAHMS

(NMC) March 2003.



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