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Wars of Independence Pipercraft Figurines

Robert the Bruce 

Product SKU: F-RPC22; on warhorse F-RPC15

Robert the Bruce, was a powerful Scottish nobleman, who took up the legacy of William Wallace in the Wars of Independence, defeated the English at Bannockburn in 1314 and became King of Scots. Under Robert was written the Declaration of Arbroath, rooting Scottish sovereignty within the Scottish Nation, rather than by divine right. Here Robert is depicted in the moments before Bannockburn.

William Wallace

Product SKU: F-RPC19a; with helm F-RPC19

William Wallace is famous as the champion of Scottish Independence. Following the tragic death of Alexander III, Scotland was left without a king. Seizing the opportunity, Edward I of England first placed a puppet on the Scottish throne, then invaded in great force in 1296, apparently extinguishing the kingdom. In the following year risings against English rule spread throughout Scotland. In Ayrshire and the south west, Wallace followed Sir Richard of Lundie, and they attacked and killed the English appointed Sheriff of Lanark, William Heselrig, triggering the great revolt. Wallace led a guerrilla war from Ettrick forest. His forces of the south joined with Andrew Murray’s of the north and together they confronted the English at Stirling Bridge in 1297, where they achieved a stunning victory. In this victory though, Murray was left fatally wounded. By accident Wallace now found himself the most powerful man in Scotland and was granted the title ‘Guardian of Scotland’. This rise of a low-born to such high office was unprecedented in medieval society, indicating Wallace’s charisma and ability as a leader. The guardian was defeated by Edward I in person at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298; he was soon betrayed and taken to London and executed with great brutality.

Also available wearing a Great Helm, the high-status helmet favoured at the time of the Wars of Independence, reflecting Wallace’s status as Guardian of the Realm.

They stand 9cm tall and is cast from high quality 100% lead-free pewter. Presented on a base of polished wood, using off-cuts from our bagpipe workshops.

Cast and finished by our team of dedicated craftsmen in our workshop in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland.