Walk for Wallace



Photo Gallery - Lanark
The Homecoming - 11th September 2005


all photographs copyright © Walk For Wallace except where indicated

The day started with the collection of the coffin from the private chapel in Lee Castle, where it had lain overnight. A small private service was held, officiated by Celtic Bishop David Stalker. The coffin was then carried the mile from South Lodge to the Cartland Bridge Hotel, where the rest of the march was waiting - pipe band, the Society of William Wallace, a contingent of Sikhs and various others. The coffin was placed on a horse-drawn cortege and followed the parade up the hill into Lanark, when the coffin was placed in a tent erected on the site of Marion Braidfute's dwelling. A new plaque was unveiled, and then a visitor's book was made available to those who wished to sign it or leave a tribute.

At 6:30 in the evening, the coffin was placed back on the cortege and taken down to the park for a battlefield blessing, conducted by Ken Shirra of the Knights Templar. Ronnie Browne sang "Flower of Scotland", and a saltire cloud appeared in the sky. Ted Christopher sang "I'm Coming Home", and the coffin was then carried back to the cortege for the final journey.

Back up the hill, through Lanark and out toward old St Kentigern's kirk the procession wound, as the light faded. On arrival at St Kentigern's, David made a speech and the coffin was lifted from the cortege and placed on trestles. "Marion Braidfute", "John Blair", and some monks appeared from within the kirkyard grounds, and gathered round the coffin. As a lone piper played, the coffin was lifted and carried into the mists, while the kirkyard was illuminated by a crimson glow. The monks reappeared with Marion and John, and the brazier was lit. This was then used to light the 700 torches issued for a torchlit procession back down to the park, where Ronnie Browne and others entertained the crowds following a spectacular firework display. Sir William Wallace's Spirit had come home.

The Spirit of Wallace in Lee Castle Chapel
The Spirit of Wallace in Lee Castle Chapel

The bits the public didn't see...
The bits the public didn't see...

The walk to Cartland Bridge commences
The walk to Cartland Bridge commences

The coffin is carried over the Cartland Bridge
The coffin is carried over the Cartland Bridge

Helping Dougal the horse up the hill
Helping Dougal the horse up the hill

The front of the march arrives in Lanark
The front of the march arrives in Lanark

The pipe band
The pipe band

The march continues
The march continues

The march continues
The march continues

The cortege arrives
The cortege arrives

The cortege arrives
The cortege arrives

The coffin is carried into the tent
The coffin is carried into the tent

The coffin lies in the tent
The coffin lies in the tent

Some of the commemoration crew
Some of the commemoration crew

Visitors queue to sign the book
Visitors queue to sign the book

The new plaque
The new plaque

Leaving for the battlefield blessing
Leaving for the battlefield blessing

Leaving for the battlefield blessing
Leaving for the battlefield blessing

Leaving for the battlefield blessing
Leaving for the battlefield blessing

The crowd following the cortege
The crowd following the cortege

The crowd following the cortege
The crowd following the cortege

The crowd following the cortege
The crowd following the cortege

Heading downhill to the park
Heading downhill to the park

Arriving at the park
Arriving at the park

Preparing for the blessing
Preparing for the blessing

Waiting for the blessing
Waiting for the blessing

Waiting for the blessing
Waiting for the blessing

David gives a speech
David gives a speech

Ted Christopher sings
Ted Christopher sings

The Blessing
The Blessing

Ronnie Browne sings
Ronnie Browne sings

Ronnie Browne sings
Ronnie Browne sings

and a Saltire duly appears
and a Saltire duly appears

David talks to the Sikh guards
David talks to the Sikh guards

Leaving in procession
Leaving in procession

The cortege heads back uphill
The cortege heads back uphill

The Templars lead the march
The Templars lead the march

The cortege arrives at St Kentigern's
The cortege arrives at St Kentigern's

The cortege arrives at St Kentigern's
The cortege arrives at St Kentigern's

St Kentigern's
St Kentigern's

Marion and the monks
Marion and the monks

John Blair leads Marion away from the coffin
John Blair leads Marion away from the coffin

The funeral party disappears into the kirk
The funeral party disappears into the kirk

The lone piper
The lone piper

St Kentigern's illuminates
St Kentigern's illuminates

St Kentigern's illuminates
St Kentigern's illuminates

Behind the scenes at St Kentigern's
Behind the scenes at St Kentigern's

Marion lights the brazier
Marion lights the brazier

Seven swords for seven centuries
Seven swords for seven centuries

Marion and the monks
Marion and the monks

The torchlit procession begins
The torchlit procession begins

The torchlit procession begins
The torchlit procession begins

The procession
The procession

The fireworks begin!
The fireworks begin!

Ronnie Browne sings
Ronnie Browne sings again