William Wallace sword returns to public view after protesters smash case

The 13th-centry blade was removed from public display after two climate protesters vandalised its protective case.

William Wallace sword returns to Stirling after climate protesters smashed case Stirling Council

A sword thought to have been used by William Wallace in battle is back on display in Stirling.

The 13th-century blade was removed from public view after two anti-oil protesters smashed and spray-painted its protective glass casing in March.

Stirling Council described the incident as a “deplorable act of vandalism on one of Scotland’s greatest treasures”.

The sword returned to the National Wallace Monument on Thursday after specialist designers made a new case, at a cost of £10,000.

The Wallace Sword is believed to have been used by the Scottish knight at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 and the Battle of Falkirk in 1298.

Collections manager at the Smith Museum Nicola Wilson, Stirling provost Douglas Dodds and marketing officer Katie McKay held the sword before placing its back in its case on Thursday. Stirling Council

The two-handed blade is around 1.68m in length and weighs 3kg.

Stirling Council leader Chris Kane said: “The Wallace Sword is the iconic showpiece of the National Wallace Monument, celebrated by visitors from every corner of the globe.

“The monument attracts more than 100,000 visitors every year and we were extremely disappointed the sword had to be moved to safe storage as a result of actions outwith our control.”

He added: “For many visitors, viewing the sword in such revered and spectacular surroundings is the highlight of their visit.

“Stirling is a major tourist destination, recognised internationally for its heritage, historic and vibrant city and fabulous scenery.

“We’re delighted, as we head into the main tourist season, to once again display the sword in all its glory in its natural home.”

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