This is a thanksgiving tribute to Sir
William Wallace and King Robert the Bruce, as well as to one family -
Richardson of Lochmaben in Annandale - who served both men loyally and
of whom I am proud, as a Henderson to be blood kin.
A prime objective of both Wallace
and Bruce in the late 13th and early 14th Century was to unite all Scots
in order to drive out the invading English from their homeland. Key
battles won by the Scots took place between the Abbey Craig and Stirling
Bridge in 1297 and between the River Forth and Bannockburn in 1314.
I feel today as much a part of the
efforts that sought unity as I associate myself with the battle sites.
My paternal Henderson 17th century
roots lie, not only in Fife, but also with Kerr in the Lothians, and,
perhaps most significantly, with Richardson in Annandale. I was born
under the shadow of the Wallace Monument. I spent my childhood just west
of Coxithill in Cambusbarron. I matured as a teenager in Bannockburn.
The ten children of my Great Grandparents, Kerr and Richardson were born
and raised at Old Polmaise between 1880 and 1895 on a part of the swampy
site of the massacre of the English in 1314 where the Pelstream and
Bannock Burns flow down to the Forth.
Thus in awe at my legacy, I pay tribute
Proud to be Scottish,
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