Did you know? The Wallace Tree 💜
A hawthorn tree, growing near the centre of Dunfermline Abbey churchyard, is traditionally said to be the grave of Margaret Crawford, the mother of Sir William Wallace, and is also formerly the site of the Abbey's weeping cross.
Wallace's deposited the remains of his beloved mother, and planted a simple hawthorn over her grave to guard her resting place from harm. The original tree was blown down in c,1806, and two twigs of it were successfully replanted.
A lesser-known tradition claims that Wallace himself is buried beside his mother. John Blair, a benedictine monk and friend of the Wallace family, supposedly collected his mutilated remains from the four towns where they had been piked on display. John later retired to the Abbey to chronicle the life of Wallace, and a Latin manuscript was sent to Pope Boniface, but has long since been lost to history. It is believed that Wallace's uncle, Reginald
"Blind Harry" Crawford, based his own popular stories on John's work. 📷 Ross G. Strachan