21 Dec Sir William Wallace: Warrior

Warri 13th-century Scottish warrior Sir William Wallace led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England.  After many battles with victories and losses, Wallace was betrayed and was brought before an English magistrate, tried for high treason, and sentenced to public torture and beheading.

Even while being hanged, drawn and quartered, Wallace refused to submit to the king.  As cries for mercy came from those watching in the crowd, many were deeply moved by the Scotsman’s valor.  The magistrate offered him one final chance, asking him only to say the word, “Mercy”, and Wallace would be given a quick death.  Wallace instead shouted, “Freedom!” and was than decapitated.