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MSP demands Wallace letter return
Statue of Wallace in Stirling
The letter was supposed to guarantee Wallace safe passage

A letter carried by William Wallace when he was captured by English forces in 1305 should be returned to Scotland, a Nationalist MSP has claimed.

The document, known as the Safe Conduct, was written by the King of France and was supposed to guarantee Wallace safe passage to visit the Pope.

It is currently held at the National Archives in Surrey.

South of Scotland MSP Christine Grahame said it should be in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The Safe Conduct was in Wallace's possession when he was captured in Robroyston in 1305 - eight years after he had led a Scottish army to victory against English forces at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

It was written by King Philip IV of France and has been held in England since Wallace was hanged, drawn and quartered on 23 August 1305 after being found guilty of treason. It is currently kept at the National Archives in Surrey.


In the year of homecoming it would be fitting to see this document finally returned to Scotland
Christine Grahame MSP
Ms Grahame has lodged a parliamentary motion calling for the return of the letter, and also lodged a parliamentary question asking if Scottish ministers will make a formal request to have it returned.

"This is a very significant historical document related to Scotland's most iconic and lasting national hero," she said.

"In the year of homecoming it would be fitting to see this document finally returned to Scotland.

"There are very few artefacts around today that we know for certain Wallace handled and held in his possession."

Ms Grahame said it would be "entirely inappropriate that it should languish, forgotten in some closed drawer in Surrey and urge the UK National Archive to pass it to the National Museum of Scotland where it can be properly displayed."

She claimed the document will be "an inspirational boost" for Scots to return for the Homecoming celebrations.

Tory deputy leader Murdo Fraser last year called for the only surviving document issued by Wallace to be returned to Scotland.

The Lubeck Letter was sent by Wallace and Andrew Murray in 1297 to notify the merchants of the German city of Hamburg that Scottish ports were open again for trade. The letter is held in Lubeck.

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Alex is on the case also so hears hoping , we are getting there

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Heard from Christine's advisor today and things are moving on so fingers crossed but feel we closer than we ever have been to getting the letter back so fingers crossed, will keep you advised

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Christine advisor is in France at the moment but things are getting there and when I hear more will let you no what is going on but we getting there so fingers crossed and the pressure will never stop until the letter is in Scottish hands

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We are in the process of a new petition to the Scottish parliament and just waiting for Mactartan to get this sorted out and sure this will be done in the next few weeks
Just to keep you informed as to the updates, This petition is being done after mactartan and me who had a meeting with Christine Grahame at the Scottish parliament so fingers crossed things going in the right direction

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its a real shame that we cant take what is ours :viking:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:49 am 
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Well, if you can come up with a good idea to return it to Scotland surreptitiously, just post it on a public forum for anyone to read and give it a bash... :um-no:

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Like the 24 hours i serves in a cell for trying to take that stupid looking flag off the castle? like il be doing that again, i got sick to death at looking at the concrete wall :brickthrow: lucky it was only a warning as you can spend up to 3 years :chainedup:

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aww graeme arent you just the coolest :roll:


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Nice article about Davie and the Safe conduct letter in the express today, nothing in the post

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Bring the Wallacew letter back is now on Facebook
One of Davies friends has done this

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=284589030714

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http://epetitions.scottish.parliament.uk/view_petition.asp?PetitionID=382
The petition is up. Get signing and pass the URL around everyone you know.

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501 already, keep it going folks

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Just hit the 1000 :clap:

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From Duncan Fenton SOWW

Hi Guys. This is the link for the petition on Electric Scotland's website. Alastair was as good as his word. I'm sure this will bring in many signatures.

Duncan

http://www.scotchat.org/showthread.php?t=484

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Good article in the times about Safe Conduct letter

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/u ... 069773.ece

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Right folks can we give this another push please, We have 1617 signatures so far

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