The Guardians of Scotland Trust is a registered charity that exists to improve public education of co-commanders Andrew de Moray and William Wallace who were the joint victors at the historic Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. The Trust is apolitical, and its Trustees include a direct descendent of Andrew de Moray. Its Patron is the Earl of Moray. The Trust provides a lynch pin to bring together key stakeholders with local and national responsibility for heritage, education, culture and tourism. The aim is to highlight the Battle of Stirling Bridge and the roles of de Moray and Wallace as the Guardians of Scotland.
As Andrew de Moravia (Moray or Murray) died shortly after the Battle of Stirling Bridge, he never received the acclaim given to William Wallace. Yet without de Moray, it is doubtful that this famous battle would ever have been won, for it was Wallace and de Moray's joint leadership, tactics, and courage that proved so effective.
The Trust aims to redress this situation through the creation of a memorial artwork to commemorate both heroes equally. It is believed that the artwork (a statue) will grow to become a national landmark. Trustees are working tirelessly to secure a 'monumental' asset for 21st Century Stirling which will complement the area's extraordinarily rich heritage. It is intended that this monument will be placed on a grassy open space at Bridgehaugh* on the north bank of the river Forth, and where both men may have once stood together.
It is believed that this project will lead to the first physical commemoration to de Moray anywhere in the world.
*Bridgehaugh represents about 10% of the battle site of 1297.
The Guardians of Scotland Trust is constituted as a registered charity comprised of representation from the Andrew de Moray Project, the Society of William Wallace, and to consistently include Stirling Councils Provost, and a nominated councilor.
Our public art programme aims to effect representation of De Moray and Wallace in authentic position at Stirling Bridge using public art as a catalyst to further develop and recognise the significance of this pivotal crossing point in Scottish history. We will offer to visitors renewed perspective at this famous heritage site by offering factual information, complemented by guided tours. These ambitious plans depend entirely on public and private support over the coming months. Anyone can be involved. Individual donations are most welcome and the project can offer magnificent marketing incentives to businesses, from the smallest to biggest, through national and international publicity.
Dauvit Broun, Professor of Scottish History at the University of Glasgow, has said; 'It is very important that Andrew Murray and William Wallace are commemorated together at Stirling Bridge. Not only should Murray's role as the senior partner with Wallace in this crucial battle be recognised, but so, too, should Wallace's willingness to work with other leaders in defeating Edward I's government in Scotland. This artwork will be the first to do this in such a prominent place. It represents a very significant step towards promoting a more complete public understanding of Wallace.'