Sir William Wallace (c. 1270 – August 23, 1305) To the Scottish people, Wallace was the exemplification of undying patriotism to the cause of that country’s independence, giving his life to such. His desire for peace and freedom brought the clans together while it struck fear into his enemies. Importantly, he continually defied the invading king, Edward ‘Longshanks’ Plantagenet I of England, when all others had given up. My 25th GGPA on gmas side.
Windsor Castle is a medieval castle and royal residence in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire, notable for its long association with the British royal family and for its architecture. The original castle was built after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. Since the time of Henry I it has been used by a succession of monarchs and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe.
William Wallace was declared to be “a runaway from righteousness, a robber, a committer of sacrilege, an arsonist and a murderer, more cruel than Herod and more debauched in his insanity than Nero.” He was taken to Dumbarton, where his great double-handed sword, weighing in at six and a half pounds and with a 52-inch blade, would remain on display for six centuries. From there the prisoner was paraded south.
How one eccentric traced his family tree back 1000 years - and he's related to William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror born 1028, died September 9th, 1087. Married to Matilda of Flanders in 1053. Matilda was born in 1032 and died November 2nd, 1083. Matilda was a seventh generation direct descendant of Alfred the Great and was an eleventh descendant of Charlemagne through her maternal grandfather Robert II of France. Ancestor