Current under 25 Highland Game Scottish Champion Kyle Randalls, from Grangemouth, wields the legendary Wallace Sword as The National Wallace Monument marks the anniversary of Wallace's capture, and the day his sword was taken away in 1305, on August 5.

Special live actor performances are planned, to commemorate this and his eventual execution, giving audiences a deeper insight into the life and death of Scotland's National Hero. This will be followed by a celebratory medieval themed weekend on September 10-11 marking the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

The Wallace Sword, now proudly displayed in the Hall of Heroes at the famous Scottish Landmark, is surrounded in myth and legend, but here are some facts about the legendary weapon that you may not know.

The Wallace Sword measures 1.68m and weighs almost 3kg.

Although the Sword is genuinely from the time of Wallace, the size of the Sword means it is unlikely to have been wielded by a man on horseback. The blade would have been swung or pointed primarily at the cavalry, killing the horse and bringing down the rider.

The Sword was only moved to the Monument in 1888, 19 years after the Monument first opened in 1869. Charles Rodgers, a principle fundraiser for the Monument, had been trying to move the Sword to the Monument since its completion, but his request was refused by the Colonel of the Royal Artillery at Dumbarton Castle in 1875 and it wasn't until 1888 that the War Office agreed to transfer the Sword, a decision met by protests in the town of Dumbarton.

It is believed that the Wallace Sword remained at Dumbarton Castle from 1305, when Wallace was imprisoned there after his capture. However, there is no record of the Sword's whereabouts until 1505 when it was first mentioned in the Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotland when King James IV ordered for its handle to be repaired.

The Wallace Sword has always stood for freedom, and is sometimes referred to as Freedom's Sword. In 1912 suffragette Ethel Moorhead smashed the sword case in the National Wallace Monument to draw attention to the women's cause for the freedom of political expression.

The Wallace Sword has only left the UK once, in 2005, when it was flown to New York to be exhibited in Grand Central Station as part of the city's Tartan Week celebrations.

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