Men of Bute Memorial to be honoured

A ceremony to commemorate the 700 Bute men who died fighting alongside William Wallace in the Battle of Falkirk will be held at 1pm on Saturday, July 13, at 1pm.

A ceremony to commemorate the 700 Bute men who died fighting alongside William Wallace in the Battle of Falkirk will be held at 1pm on Saturday, July 13, at 1pm.

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A ceremony is to be held at the ‘Men of Bute’ memorial stone at the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre next weekend, in commemoration of the 700 men from Bute who died fighting alongside William Wallace in the Battle of Falkirk.

This event is being organised by the Elderslie based Society of William Wallace as an acknowledgement of the significant part played in the Battle of Falkirk 1298 by Sir John Stewart and his gallant men from the lands of Bute, none of whom returned.

Speakers on the day will include Duncan Fenton, who is convenor of the Society of William Wallace, Michael Russell MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, and George McKenzie from the Scottish Register of Tartans and former Keeper of National Archives.

Marion McMillan from the Men of Bute Commemoration Group said: “The Society of William Wallace and the Men of Bute Commemoration Group look forward to meeting and sharing with you in this interesting and poignant piece of national and island history.”

All are invited to attend the ceremony on Saturday, July 13, at 1pm.