Following the Scottish ‘Victory‘ over the English in the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, William Wallace was a Scottish hero, and very much sort after by the King of England, Edward I.
In 1303, Wallace was meant to have visited St Margaret’s Shrine in Dunfermline, (see Jo’s blog, The Hazel Tree, for an excellent post about St Margaret and Dunfermline Abbey), but had to hide from English ‘scouts’, in a well in what is now Pittencrieff Park, just below the ruins of Dunfermline Palace.
Unfortunately for William Wallace and the Scottish, he was captured by the English in August 1305, and later that month taken to London where he was tried for treason, and then hung, drawn and quartered.
Pittencrieff Park, situated on the far west side of Dunfermline, is one of my favourite parks’ in the whole of Scotland. Below are a couple of photographs of the ‘Flower Garden and Greenhouses’, just the formal part of this magnificent place. The greenhouses were originally built in 1904, but were replaced in the early 1970’s.