William Wallace: The King's Enemy
by D. J. Gray

Ever since I decided to be a Scotch-Irish American, the evidence has been mounting that this was a good decision. The latest evidence comes from a biography that I just read about the Scottish hero William Wallace (Braveheart). The book is William Wallace: The King's Enemy by D. J. Gray. In writing about the early career of William Wallace (from 1291 to 1296 A.D.), when he was a small-time guerilla fighter against the English oppressors of Scotland, the author describes Wallace's first supporters as follows:
Among those early allies of his were Sir Richard Wallace of Riccarton, head of the family, who gave him shelter at this time. His three sons all joined Wallace, the eldest, Adam, particularly distinguishing himself with his bravery. Wallace of Auchincruive, a cousin, and Edward Little and Tom HALLIDAY, nephews, were also of this number. HALLIDAY's eldest daughter married to young Sir John the Graham, who was to become Wallace's second-in-command, while his second daughter was the wife of Johnstone 'a man of good degree,' who was appointed by Wallace governor of Lochmaben.
I can't figure out from the way this passage is written whether Tom Halliday was the nephew of Sir Richard Wallace or the nephew of William Wallace. Either way, he was related to William Wallace and was a heroic Scotsman. I claim him as my great-great... grandfather.

Year Read: 1994

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