During the period 9-23 August 2005, Fifty-eight Members of Clan Wallace
Society Worldwide visited various locations in Scotland to join local
Scots in their commemoration ceremonies revering Sir William Wallace,
Scotland’s greatest hero. Although the 2-week tour covered both highland
and lowland sites of interest, the highlights of the tour were the Smith
Museum visit in Stirling, Scotland and the Wreath Laying Ceremonies at the
William Wallace Statue in Aberdeen, Scotland.
In Stirling, Clan Society President John R.
Wallace, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, made a donation to the museum on
behalf of the Clan Society to assist them in their exceptional William
Wallace collection and displays. The ceremony took place on August 17th
and the Museum Director Elspeth King and the Provost of Stirling, Colin O’
Brien were present during the ceremony to welcome the Clan Wallace Group
and to receive the donation.
Later in the tour, The Clan Wallace Group
visited Aberdeen, Scotland, during their Ceremonies held on 22 August,
honoring Sir William Wallace, which was sponsored by the Wallace 700
Society. The Wallace group was involved in the Ceremonial Procession
through the streets of the city as well as the Statute Ceremonies, where
President John R. Wallace laid a special Society wreath at the foot of the
statute. During their stay in the city, the Lord Provost of Aberdeen John
Reynolds, held a reception honoring the North American Wallaces, who were
visiting to attend the Ceremonies. David Irvine of Drum, Chief of Clan
Irvine, and his wife, Carolyn, who are annually involved with the Aberdeen
Ceremonies, hosted the Wallaces during this period.
The Clan Wallace Society Members were
privileged to dine in Edinburgh with Andrew Wallace, Clan Society Council
Member and son of the Clan Wallace Chief, Ian Francis Wallace, of that
Dr Elspeth King displays the Clan Wallace to
President John lays wreath at Wallace Statue
Wallace Group at Smith Museum in Stirling