Scotland’s past was a dangerous time, with nobles fighting for power, position and political gain. Some win, some lose their heads, creating romantic heroes whose mark is made on the landscape.
This monument remembers French knight Antoine D’Arces who was murdered near here in 1517 and his head put on a stake at the gates of Wedderburn Castle for 300 years.
A verse by Sir Walter Scott remembers a victorious moment in battle by Sir John Swinton of Cranshaws.
Like many places in Scotland this area has a William Wallace myth; ours being that he stayed a night in the Bunkle woods. A poem written in the 1800s remembers the occasion.