Repairing Wallace

FRAMED 21. Wallace statue appeal launch. ( Sept. 1988)
FRAMED 21. Wallace statue appeal launch. ( Sept. 1988)

In September 1988 an appeal was launched by the Saltire Society to raise £20,000 to restore the massive Wallace Monuement near Dryburgh.

The sandstone statue has stood above the abbey ruins since 1814 and was in need of urgent rapair .

The Saltire Society took up the challenge. One of the first donations was £500 from the Royal Bank of Scotland, which was spent on a leaflet promoting the appeal. The launch was addressed by Saltire Society president Geoffrey Barrow and a former chairman of St Boswells Community Council, William Brown, who had been pressing for a number of years for repairs. Also there was Lewis Smith, the great newphew of designer and sculptor, John Smith of Darnick. Photographed: Piper Alan McGill, Margaret Steel, Geofrrey Barrow, Lewis Smith, William Brown and Earl Haig of Bemersyde.