A new collection of objects is going on display at Callendar House from Saturday 21 July, to coincide with the 720th anniversary of the Battle of Falkirk on 22 July 1298. As part of this pop up exhibition, the Masonic Lodge in Auchterarder have very kindly loaned a sword, reputedly that of Sir John de Graeme, and the one he would have used at the Battle of Falkirk. The sword was passed down through the family until it was handed to the Lodge for safekeeping in 1792 by William Graeme of Orchill, who was the Right Worshipful Master of the Lodge.
John de Graeme was born in the Carron Valley and fought alongside Wallace, becoming a good friend and trusted advisor. He was killed in battle after supposedly being struck from behind through a gap in his armour by an unseen assailant as he was engaged in fighting an English knight. According to a later account of the battle, in a poem by Blind Harry written c1470s, Wallace searched for de Graeme’s body after the battle and carried him to the churchyard at Falkirk for burial, where he remains today.
Senior Councillor Robert Spears, who has been instrumental in organising the loan said “I am delighted that the sword will be in Callendar House in time for the commemorations and am sure that it will prove a major attraction to the Battle of Falkirk display during its special loan period.”
The Battle of Falkirk Commemoration Community are marking the 720th anniversary of the battle with a wreath laying service and ceremony at 1pm on Sat 21 July at John de Graeme’s tomb in the Trinity Church before heading to Callander Park to the 1298 Memorial Cairn.