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Libberton

Little is known of Wallace’s biographer, Gray, but the general view is that he came from Libberton. This could explain the detailed knowledge of the local area contained in Blind Harry’s account of William Wallace; only someone hailing from the area would have been in possession of such detailed knowledge. Nothing is to be seen of the old church, which would have been known to Wallace. Locallegend has it that there existed a leper hospital here, because of the place name, unfortunately that is not true. The graveyard here contains the remains of many of the ancestors of Victorian Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone (of whom Queen Victoria famously accused of addressing her ‘like a public meeting.

 

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