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David Machen

My father and I saw this film when it was first released and we both felt a deep sense of pride in how the film depicted us Scots then.
However my father sadly died early February 96 and my mother at the time said that my father was a true "braveheart" and was buried with his Braveheart jumper on. Sadly my mother passed away only two weeks after burying my father, we scattered their ashes in the harbour at Anstruther so they could be together as long as the seas flow.
I watch the film each year and it still brings back the memories of my father and mother and each year I enter a memorium into the local Falkirk Herald remembering my Braveheart.
Sorry this note is a sad one but it brings happiness to our family when we think of our parents and how they loved Scotland but most of all how they both now have their "FREEDOM" we as a nation should always remember what our ancestors and parents fought for and not give it up so easily.

"As long as there is 100 men"


In April of 1995 we had a tragedy in our family. After two normal pregnancies, we lost a baby girl at midway thru my pregnancy. I sank into a very deep depression; I was not eating, sleeping or functioning. One month later, on May 29th, my husband asked if I wanted to go to the movies, to help take my mind off it. I really didn't want to, I was too depressed to go to a film. But my husband insisted (especially since the film was about my longtime idol, Sir William Wallace, who is also a distant ancestor of my husband's!)

We went to the movie, and the funeral scene, with the priest intoning the Latin De Profundis and requiem aeternam prayers from the Traditional Catholic funeral Mass, affected me deeply. You see, I had become a Catholic as a young girl but had fallen away over the years. I had been involved in the Traditional Catholic movement which ironically, Mel and his father are also heavily involved in! Hearing those Latin words again, after so many years, affected me so deeply after the loss of our daughter, that I broke down in tears and couldn't see the rest of the film (we had to go back later to see the rest!)

But I ended up returning to the (Traditional) Catholic Faith after BH inspired me to do so, and because I have done that, I have had so much solace over my daughter's death. The evidence, to me, that God had a role in this
was when I later learned that the director and star of BH (Mel Gibson) is also a Traditional Catholic!

I have also been praying for Scotland to become a free country again. I had always been a lover of Scotland and all things Scottish, but BH inspired me to pray for Scotland to be free again. A few months after I began praying for that, the Stone of Destiny was returned to Scotland, and now we have had a vote in favor of home rule for Scotland! I like to think my prayers had something to do with it <wink!>

Since seeing BH, we have lost three more babies, two of them midway in the pregnancy as our first lost child had been. And if not for God and the memories of the strength portrayed by William Wallace in BH, I would not have survived this. As another person said here, Whenever I need support for troubles which are above the average, I call on that "Braveheart strength" to see me through. :)

My husband is a Wallace descendant on his father's side; his great grandfather's name was William Wallace (no, not the original one of course!), and he was born in Scotland. He emigrated to Western Pennsylvania in the 1800's. He also has Graham ancestry on the other side of his family.

God Bless,


Acacia Ridge
High School

I think that if you really let yourself go you would cry through the whole movie (due to the soundtrack) which I already have. This puts me to sleep in no time.  

Sam Cheang

I caught Braveheart (which I consider to be an epic of the 90s) back in 1995 and thought that it rates as one of the BEST movies I've ever seen in a long long while.Caught it no less than 20 over times in the cinema, on the LD and on video. It thus did not surprise me to find many BH themes and websites on the Web. But a friend of mine sifted through the lot and listed yours as one of the best! And I can't help but agree with him as I look through your excellent BH website. Here's some of my memorable experiences from the show...

1. Gift Of A Thistle

I found the scene where young Murron presented young Wallace with a simple gift of a Thistle flower as possibly the most touching scene I have ever come across in any movie. No words were needed to convey the concern and heartfelt sympathy that young Murron felt for young Wallace; just a simple gift of a thistle flower and the look in her eyes wrenched my heart and made me cry. Thistle

2. The Betrayal Of Robert The Bruce

I can't remember which battle it was, but the scene from the battle that the Scots lost and the unmasking of the mysterious man as Robert the Bruce by William Wallace that had me both stunned and choking in my throat just like the expression on Wallace's face. Angus
Frankly, I would have just knifed myself there and then if I were William Wallace. Can you imagine? All that you had ever believed in, and fought for all your life, the faith you had in patriotism, loyalty and integrity, all wiped out when you find the man whom you most admire and respect is actually the cowardly scumbag working for your enemy?!

3. "You have bled with Wallace, now bleed with me..."

The redeeming lines uttered by Robert The Bruce as he leads the starving, outnumbered Scottish patriots to final victory at the end of the movie squeezed the most tears out of me.....

There were many other memorable scenes in the movie but these 3 were the most memorable to me. Just wanted to say "An excellent website that I'll bookmark and check often, well done." Thanks for making surfing for BH stuff on the Web an absolute pleasure and inspiration.

Sam Cheang ;)


Dolores Cichocki

My husband and I have only seen BraveHeart once. That was plenty for us because this movie was so moving! I cry easily at good movies and really good books,but this movie had me in tears for over an hour after it was over! I had jury duty the next day and got very little sleep because all I kept thinking about was BraveHeart and how tragically William Wallace died.
We saw it in the theaters when it first came out and have since then purchased the video, but have not been able to bring myself to watch this again.
I'm really glad to have found your web page and will continue to visit it.Thanks for reading my letter.


Dolores Cichocki

Laura Cumming

Me and my close friend Darcy watched Braveheart, tissues in hand. We almost used up the box! Now when my friend gets down, I say the Irishman's line" God tells me he can get me out of this one, but he's sure you're f***ed! " Braveheart is the best movie that has come out in a very long time! Stephen

Brian DesRochers

My name is Brian DesRochers and I have become a Braveheart freak. I have seen the movie so many times that the sound goes out in places on my tape. I know the entire dialog, along with undertones and sound effects.(Is it obvious that I don't get out much?J/K). This is the best movie I have ever seen! I really think it is the best thing since sliced bread. Congrats to Mr. Gibson on his awards and his haircut.  

Al Duncan

After seeing Braveheart in the theater, I became obsessed with the idea of one uniting all of those people in one great army. It reminded me very much of Spartacus the Roman slave that did very close to the same thing that Wallace did. They were both courageous and wise individuals. It takes a great deal of humanity to be able to pull off what they did and I hope people will never lose perspective of what it was that they actually acheived.  

John Morrison
Garrett III

When I saw your page on Braveheart I had to let you know the impact it had on me. Not only as a great film, but on how it has effected me since the day I saw it.
My grandfather was born in Scotland. As a youngster I never thought too much about it. He would tell me stories and I would half listen, never thinking that the day would come when I would give anything to hear those stories again. Now a grown adult and my grandfather passed away, I have started looking into my Scottish background and our clan "Morrison".
When my wife and I went to see Braveheart, I sat through the film experiancing almost every emotion, sadness, happiness, excitement. But the one feeling I left the movie with the most was Pride. I was pround of my background and of those that came before me. It was then I had so many questions, the ones I wish I could have asked my grandfather so long ago.
So has begun my quest to have those questions answered. Thank you for giving me a chance to tell about my Braveheart experience. It has changed a part of my life and given me something to be proud of.

Kathleen Hambrick
(and William)


My husband and I left the theater and we walked wordlessly to the car. We were halfway home before either one of us spoke. "What a sad story!" was the first thing I said. "To have sacrificed everything he held dear and to not have lived to see that his dream didn't die..."

Both my husband and I loved Braveheart. We were delighted when it won so many awards.

We belong to the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group that recreates the middle ages on weekends, and have many friends who enjoyed this film as well. (Some have spoken of wanting to reenact some of the battles. Come to an SCA event, put on armor and go for it!)

BTW, I was pregnant when we saw the film, and had to take a couple of bathroom breaks. Our second son, born 2 weeks ago, is named William.


Gordon Henderson

I've only seen Braveheart once so far, but I do plan on watching it many more times. It is by far one of the best movies I have ever seen and it makes me extremely proud of my Scottish heritage.  

Johanna Hopkins

I saw this and thought of William Wallace and really anyone who is willing to work hard and long at something. It's a quote from Teddy Roosevelt.

It's not the critic that counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or whether the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, and often comes up short again and again.

Who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause. And who, if at best in the end, knows the triumph of higher treatment and high achievement. And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his soul should never be with those cold and timid ones who know neither victory nor defeat.

James Leonard

Originally, I was not very interested in seeing Braveheart at all. In fact, I had absolutely no plans to see the movie ever (please forgive my former state of ignorance). Then a couple of my friends told me about Braveheart and how I "had to see this movie." Mel
They told me about how bloody it was, knowing my strong liking for violence, but they failed to inform me of the true greatness of this film. Yes, the battles and other bloody scenes are some of the coolest things I've ever seen, but it was the first time I was ever really moved by a movie.

I loved it. Soon after my first viewing, we went and saw it again. To my surprise and delight, it was actually BETTER the second time! I've seen it four times since then (bringing my total to 6), and every time it gets better. Even knowing the outcome (and every line in the movie), I still get chills when William screams "the word."

During the third quarter of my sophomore year (around Feb. 96), my history teacher's mother died. He was gone for a week. Our substitute, a great man, told us that if we were good, he would show us Braveheart on Friday. You can imagine how excited I was, not only to skip history for a day, but to actually get to see Braveheart in school!! Since history was 5th period, we started watching Braveheart during lunch 4th period. Even with this much time, we still only got to the horse charge at Stirling.

The next Monday, our real teacher was back, and he wouldn't let us watch the rest of the movie (he said we didn't have time, but he's full of crap). In the first few days of the next week, we learned that the sub was in trouble for showing us the movie. We were furious, and five of us went searching for the real story. It turns out that a parent was upset that he showed a movie with a rape scene in it. A rape scene?!? A rape scene?!? The parent was referring to the part when Smythe tries to rape Murron. This scene showed no nudity, no violence (relative to the rest of the film), and lasted all of four seconds. Once this was explained to the principal, our sub was no longer in trouble. He was the best substitute teacher I've ever had

A few months later, three weeks before the end of school, our history teacher told us that he was going to show us Dr. Zhivago in class. I politely asked him if we could watch Braveheart instead, since we hadn't finished it before. I made the point that it, too, was a historical film, and that it had just won best picture and four other Academy Awards. He told me, and I quote, that Braveheart was "just a pimple" compared to Dr. Zhivago, and that Zhivago was "10 times the movie Braveheart is." The fury rumbled in my soul. I argued feverishly with him about how Braveheart is, and always will be, the best movie ever made. The arguement lasted several minutes past the end of class, and I was nearly late for my next class. It didn't work. We watched Dr. Zhivago.

No matter what anyone ever says, I know in my heart that Braveheart is the best movie I will ever see.

P.S. Braveheart is 50 times the movie Dr. Zhivago is.


Jason Little

After watching this film brought those tears to my eyes, i couldnt help but feel as if i had been there. Not only had this encouraged more of my dealings with Scottish added to my flavor for liking weapons of those times. Not only did i buy a sword is on the way also. I cant get enough of this movie and its battlescenes....if i could express the way i feel during the battle scenes i would...but there's no words for that.....that is left for another time!!!



Scott McNabb

Hello John and Linda:

I came across your web site while doing a bit of research on my Clan. I haven't been able to find a MacNab Clan Association, though I know one exists here in the US. Anyway, I must say that I was moved to tears just seeing that a web site exists for the purpose of expressing our collective feelings of pride and joy at the tremendous accomplishments of our countrymen and women; and also our outrage at the tyranny of the English which gave rise to the cry for FREEDOM.

My ancestry is Scottish and my wife is a Murdoch, a sept of the MacPherson clan, so it didn't take much prodding to get us into the theater to see this wonderful film. We were both filled with so much emotion when we left, that we didn't say a word until we had reached our car, parked some four blocks away. Only Schindler's List has had such an impact on me prior to Braveheart. I can't say which particular scene was most compelling, but Wallace's speech to the clans at Stirling was certainly one of the most stirring moments in the film.

Since that time, we have seen the movie four times, three as a family (I have four children--Iain, Addie, Meghan, and Colin). In addition, my children and I attended a memorial for the Children of Dunblane where all of the pipe bands in our area played "Scotland the Brave" and "Amazing Grace," and where a wonderful gentleman read some poetry by Robert Burns. What a fantastic experience for us as my children are now convinced that their ancestors and countrymen are heros.

Well, I suspect that I could write much more, but I will restrain myself for now, with only one final note. My grandfather, who fought with the Allies during World War 1, could never quite reconcile the fact that he was fighting side by side with the English. One of his favorite sayings to us as children was, "Scotland is for beauty, Ireland is for wit, Wales is for water, and England is for shit." I hope not to offend anyone with that phrase, but it puts my feelings upon exiting the movie Braveheart into a much clearer perspective.


Jeremy Miller

My friends and I were playing release ( a game played in the dark, where one team hides and the others slink around trying to catch them ) and my team was hiding, and I devised this scheme that if one of us got caught, I would yell " FREEDOM!!!!" and we would all rush the base in an effort to set the captured one free. It worked very well, and it was even better since we were in the country and had a large Public Address system with the BRAVEHEART soundtrack playing in the background.
It is the only true film ever made, everything else classifies as movies.

Mark Ouellette

Greetings fellow Bravehearters!
I've seen Braveheart 9 times so far, which obviously doesn't come remotely close to the records some of you hold but I have to say this is the 2nd movie in my life that has such a STRONG affect on my life. The first being Dances With Wolves, which I must admit is my all time favorite move (30+ viewings to date). But Mel Gibson has achieved the quality epic masterpiece in "Braveheart" that Costner was able to do with "Dances With Wolves". My intention is not to pit them against each other (ala a senselss one is better than the other). They are both, nothing short of masterpieces, IMHO of course!

My only intention is to say Braveheart has affected me in a way only one other movie has done before it. After the first viewing in the theater, I was ectremely curious to find out more about it. I also bought the soundtrack (cd AND cassette)! When it was released to the video stores a friend dubbed it from laserdisc to vhs for me and I've been absorbing every scene ever since! The passion and action meld to make it a movie I can't watch enough.

My eyes STILL well up when Mel as William Wallace yells "FREEDOM!!!" at his torture/execution. Very powerful stuff!

Thanx for hearing me out!
Scotland the Brave!


Gina Potter

Saw it for the first time last night. Don't go to the pictures at all and don't hire videos. Come to think of it I hardly watch the TV. Anyway it was a fabulous movie. It had been on my mind all day so I had to find out more and here I am!

What a time to live it was! I am sorry Robert the Bruce was depicted in the movie as a bit of a weak character (in the sense of his convictions) as he wasn't at all like that in real life. As a movie it had everything. Definitely legend material.

all the best,




Hello, all!

The first (and every subsequent time) that I saw Braveheart, I had to leave before seeing the last ten minutes of he film. Just about the time that they try to hang Wallace the first time, I kept thinking of the very vivid and grotesque description of what actually happens when all we see is his head during the death scenes.... I couldn't do it. Knowing what the unseen people were doing with the hooks and knives was too much. I haven't seen the entire scene through yet!



Michael J

Hi there,

first of all, congratulations! You've created a great site. Keep it going! And now to my humble BH experience:

In 1994, my wife and I visited my parents in law back in Ireland. At the time they lived in Mullingar which is only a couple of miles away from Trim. I was a film- and TV-student at the time, and they told me that some big film project was going on in and around Trim Castle with Mel Gibson. So the next day we took our nephews on a trip to the world of Hollywood, not knowing what was being filmed, nevermind the scale of the location.

Well, I must say we were absolutely flabbergasted to see what the crew had done to the old ruin of Trim Castle. It was like a time-slip. The broken remains had been restored to a full-size brand-new castle with wood, paper maché and all sorts of other materials replacing the missing pieces. It was the final day of construction and security was not very tight which gave me a chance to take a few shots of the work in progress. Principal photography was to begin the next day and - you may have guessed - I returned every day until we had to go back to Germany about a week later.

During the filming the whole town was sealed off by security, so unfortunately, I did not get close to Mr. Gibson or any of the other stars. Trim stood in for all the scenes depicting Edinburgh and York in the film. I remember a particularly strange incident. One evening we returned to Mullingar after the shooting had ended for the day. When we passed the car park of the castle we could see members of the Irish Army dressed in medieval English soldier's clothes entering a modern bus to take them off the location. It looked quite funny at the time but had a bit of a disillusioning effect when we saw the same people on the big screen about a year later.

Also some of the wider camera angles of the "City Gate of York" and the meeting place for Wallace and the Princess were chosen quite cleverly. Had the camera been turned only slightly to the left, the audience would have seen the main Trim - Dublin road and a set of comparably modern buildings. By the way: the battle scenes were filmed in a place called Ballymore Eustace - not far from Dublin's Airport. It's amazing what they can do with a camera!

Anyway, when we saw the film in the cinema I was as deeply moved by it as most other people were. In fact, I bought a copy and have seen it numerous times since. Having witnessed a small part of the location shooting adds extra value to it for me. However, anyone who wishes to learn more about the historical truth of Wallace's life should not take the plot too seriously. Film as an optical medium is excused for having to compress time, but there is little historical accuracy in this particular case...which, anyway, still leaves us with one of the best films ever made!

Best regards from Germany
Michael J. Schneider


Kevin Soucy

I just bought a copy of Braveheart from Columbia House Video Club for $35, and I must say that it's the best $35 I've spent. I enjoyed the film immensly, and can't hold the tears back in the final scenes where Wallace cries out "Freedom". It's the bittersweetness of the scene that hits me right in the heart. Sad because of the pain that he's enduring, and the fact that he's not going to live to see his sacrifice become reality. But I also feel extremely happy for him because he won. He fought for what he believed in and in the end, he was not broken.

It reminds me heavily of a similar death scene in my favorite comic book which is called Elfquest. Much like Braveheart, the forth book in the series is about brutal warfare (between elves and trolls. The prize: A giant palace where all elvin spirits are said to return one day.), and in the scene a warrior elf named Vaya, had been captured in battle by the evil troll king. In the throne chamber the king threatens to cut her digits, and then her limbs off, one-by-one if she doesn't tell him the elves war plans. Knowing that he'll kill her anyways, Vaya grabs a dagger from one of the guards and lunges at the king. She doesn't get far, for she is quickly run through by the guards spears, but she is still not dead. The outraged king looks down over her as her life seeps away, and this narration is what appears at the bottom of the page:

"All her life, Vaya has lived in the shadow of the frozen mountains. Now, the shadow fades beneath her, and she sees with new eyes, that which she has fought for-----and won!"

Then she dies.

The resemblance lies in the fact that I believe, William Wallace, after death, went on to a better place where he could once again be with Murron(sp?) and watch over his beloved Scotland forever.

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