|Email us, your Braveheart experience.
My friend Greg Wallace's dad looked up his family tree, and William Wallace was there real big on the tree. He says he is related to him ... I believe him because my buddy Greg is the kind of dude that doesn't lie about anything ... he is one of my closest friends.
I came across this site in the Rockstar games site and thought I would write you about him ... my Braveheart experience is "drinking beer with Greg Wallace" LOL
Dear John and Linda,
When I was thirteen, my Grandmother told me how my Grandfather had researched his genealogy and had traced his line back to the Highlands of Scotland ... that he was certain he was of Sir Williams' bloodline!!! Back in the 60's, there was miniscule data on this very bold and great man, so I was left with a deep yet buried love and admiration for William Wallace!!! When my Grandmother passed away, I was devastated not only because we were close and blood, but that she instilled in me a love of all things good, worthwhile, pure and decent! When 1995 arrived, I was enthralled to learn of a movie about to premiere in Scotland, a film of epic proportions devoted to my hero: Sir William Wallace --"Braveheart"!! I had to see this monumental movie and just couldn't wait for it to air here . When it finally arrived, I was so moved by it -- I was absolutely carried away ... tears rolled down I was so moved, thoughts of my dear Grandmother flooded my senses as did the spirit of Sir William!!! "Braveheart" was (and is) truly an epic ... a rich tapestry of love, struggle, sacrifice, and very deep patriotism!! You know, sometimes I really believe that so many here in this country, take the blessed freedom they have, for granted; it truly heightens the senses to realize William sacrificed his own life to bring to fruition the freedom of his county-men, and to leave a testament to all, of his unconditional love of his fellow country-men and passion for his beloved Scotland!!! My mother loves "Braveheart" almost as much as I -- she has told me that had my Grandfather seen it, he would have wept as well; I know my Grandmother would have been deeply moved by this exquisitely mounted masterpiece. William absolutely is my hero indeed, and when I reflect upon his ultimate sacrifice I am sobered by all the emotions that flood my soul. I too, ponder on all the movies made concerning time-travel and have a conviction that if I could, I certainly would-more than anything - love to be there with Sir William, at his side fighting for freedom and also expressing my deep love of the most beautiful country on Earth -- Scotland!!! Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to hear my thoughts, and sharing my feelings about William and "Braveheart" has truly uplifted my heart and soul today!!
Robert M. Wallace
What a fantastic site about a thrilling time in our history. I went to see Braveheart in Inverness on the opening night with my brother Kenny. I can honestly say that Braveheart fully deserved all the awards it received (including the academy award for best film).
The whole film from start to finish was extremely well made and filmed in some quite breathtaking locations. I have watched the film over 40 times and never get bored of watching Mel recreate history at Stirling (bridge) well never mind about that......
Scotland's tourism has benefited greatly from this classic movie, as did myself and wife Sandra when we got married on the 26th May 2001 at the National William Wallace Monument in Stirling.
Keep up the great work
regards Alastair Mcleod Nicol
My name is Bridget Kennedy, I attend school at Waterford High, CT. In April of 2003, in my freshman year, my mother, sister, grandmother and I embarked on a two week trip to our ancestral home of Ireland. Loving history and my ancestry, I learned all there was to know about Ireland and its culture. While planning the trip of a lifetime, I knew that we had to go to Scotland, because I was HUGE William Wallace fan, "Braveheart" being my favourite film of all time. I needed to go to the battle fields, to see where Wallace had fought, to breathe the same air. This movie had changed my life, and inspired me more than anything I had ever known, and still does, every single day.
So, during the second week of our trip, we took a ferry over to Scotland...I was ecstatic, my dreams which I had fantasized about all day, every day were coming true. I knew Wallace had to be there, with me, influencing my every move.
Visiting Edinburgh first, I gloried at the sight of two statues at the front of Edinburgh Castle...I ran up closer to see who these two characters were, and I stumbled upon the immaculate, beautiful standing figures of King Robert the Bruce, and to the right, William Wallace... I knew I had arrived in Braveheart country.
The next day we drove clear across to Stirling. I had to go to the William Wallace memorial. Stirling castle was closed, so I was worried the monument would be also. arriving there, I took off without any thought, I ran up the hill of steps, running as fast as I could, breaking out in sweat, my heart pounding like the loudest of drums. but I didn’t care, I was reaching Wallace. As I came upon the monument, I recognized the familiar statue several feet above me...Wallace, looking down at all his admirers. I collapsed on the ground, my family still behind me climbing the steps. I whispered, "I made it, William, I made it." I'm sure I appeared mad to those surrounding me, but I think they understood somewhat, hehe. Unfortunately, inside the tower was closed, but I was so grateful just to be there, I didn’t mind. Just then, a small red car pulled up, and out came a woman with a big skeleton key, opening the doors inside! my mother asked her if she was going inside, and she replied that she was the caretaker ... and politely let us in for a gander.
By now, I was crazy. then it went even further, we offered to pay her, but she refused, and kindly let us up INTO THE TOWER .... once again I ran, ran and ran up those 200 and something steps, until I reached the top, where I was taken aback.
I was looking out to all of Stirling, the city now below me, the mountains parallel to my eye, the sun setting, giving off rays of pink and brilliant yellow. I inhaled the sweet air, closed my eyes and thanked God for leading me here.. My absolute dream had come true. I looked over to the surrounding mountains, and although probably in my imagination, I swear I saw a little figure running along the mountain tops. The spirit of Wallace?? to this day I think so.
It was great, the greatest experience of my life, and I honestly think Mel Gibson would be touched or proud of my story. he said himself, he just wanted people to be inspired and moved and find something inside themselves. and that is exactly what I did.
I recently submitted my "Braveheart Experience" [above] and I just had to email you and tell you how much I enjoy your website, it is the greatest William Wallace/Braveheart site out there today. I find it so exciting that there are people out there that were as touched and inspired as I was.
When I noticed the movie, I wasn't interested at first, because of the prejudice of triviality. Then one day - some years later - late Saturday night I got by random switching a catch of the last scene of the movie on TV:
"You have bled with Wallace, now bleed with me..."
In this moment I was completely lost. Only a great leader is able to motivate his followers with such real words. ( BTW the corresponding commentary in the movie seems terrible pathetic to me [ in the german version, maybe in the original it makes some sense ] ). Remember: in this moment I don't know the story of W.W. ( never heard of him since then ), but with these words and the last seconds of the movie my fantasy paints the theme.
Some weeks later I got a full copy of the
movie. I will never forget the first words, the thistle, the music, the love, the fights
.. and most important .... Wallace never gave up his believings.
BH seems not be very exact in historical
terms, but Mel Gibson made a great movie, which is raising my .. our .. emotions.
Thank you for your marvellous page.....
R Douglas ...
My Braveheart experience begins way back in 1995 -1996 (Since Mel won the Oscar in 1995, I believe, that sounds about right.) Anyhow, since I am one of the unfortunates who were unable to see Braveheart at the cinemas, I had to wait until it was released on video.
Back then, although there had been much buzz about the film, while at the video store, my former boyfriend and I were rather indecisive in our choice of movie to rent at the time ... It ended up that we took home Braveheart that night.
I had been working extra shifts to make ends
meet at the time (long story)and was rather tired ... We plunked in the movie, and shortly
after it began I found myself to be rather sleepy and unfortunately I fell asleep for a
short time... I awoke and found the movie was still on and my boyfriend was
complaining about how much he disliked it, I and finally after more ranting and raving, he
simply took the movie out of the vcr and decided he would return it to the store...
Although I protested, there was nothing I could do about it. I had missed my chance to see
Braveheart. (I'll get back to my Braveheart experience later.) Well time moved on and
though I believed I'd once again have the opportunity to see the movie, things were
getting pretty bad relationship-wise, and in 1999, my boyfriend and I parted
For a while, things were quite bleak. Low wages meant no extras, no movies. Eventually things got better and I earned better wages and began to live a more normal life.
By this time, I was also getting into the
internet and chat rooms. I met a lot of people online, but one fateful January day in
2000, I met the man that changed my life forever... I had done a random search on ICQ
which put me in contact with several men from the UK, one of whom (a Scotsman) began
During one of those chats, he asked me if I'd ever seen Braveheart... I said no and told him the story... He pleaded with me to see it, and I said I'd wait to watch it with him when he came to visit. (We had been thinking of meeting though no plans were made at the time. Ok. Back to me.)
In September of that year, he came to Canada and we finally met for the first time face to face... The connection was instant, it was comfortable from the beginning. (I had failed to procure a vcr so we didn't watch Braveheart.)
This Scotsman gave me what are undeniably the 6 most beautiful days of my life after which he left to go back to Scotland. Our hearts ached to be together again, but it was not to be. (During this time, I received a vcr for Christmas and started buying movies.) Life happened, with all its constant trials and tribulations and eventually we grew distant.
Although I have not stopped loving this man,
I am not sure he loves me still. (Long distance relationships rarely work... I know that.)
However, I don't think I will ever stop loving this man, even if someday I meet someone
new. I have already told you he has changed my life forever, and he
About a month ago, I bought a DVD player, and some DVDs. Yesterday, I bought Braveheart.
I watched it this morning. Words cannot express how I feel now, but I'll try. First of all, I didn't fall asleep this time! I cried so much my eyes were red and puffy. It was the best movie I have ever seen, start to finish. When it ended, I immediately felt the need to write Mel Gibson and thank him for sharing this masterpiece with us all. Of course, that isn't possible. But I hope that this letter can serve as a way of thanking him for telling the story of William and of his sacrifice for the freedom of Scotland.
Scotland is certainly a proud and great
nation, possessing great strength.
I pray for the freedom of your nation. You have fought for it, you have bled for it, and thus have earned it many times over.
Thanks again. I'm sorry this is so long. I do
hope you will still post it.
Susan Fraser Knowlton ...I wish there were more movies like BraveHeart. It's impossible to watch any other movie now without comparing the uncomparable differences! No other movie has yet to stir my romantic senses, impact my sense of pride or leave me feeling so greatful for freedom as BH. It is the ultimate movie of human spirit. Our country (the United States) is undergoing an ugly war in Afghanistan and I have, for the first time in my life, felt our freedom being threatened. My hope is that all American Braveheart fans will stand together as strong and fearless as William and remember what we are fighting for - FREEDOM!
Thank you for your wonderful site. By the way, the first time I watched BH, I had the flu and fell asleep during the battle of Stirling (can you believe that!?) It wasn't until three YEARS later I watched it again and could not believe what I had missed. Since then, I have bought the movie and watch it faithfully at least once a month. It gets better each time.
Sgt. Kilbourn ...
To the Andersons,
Scott Lowell ...
Lovelyladygirl ...First off, I want to tell you guys how great your site is. Thanks for maintaining a haven for all us Bravehearts who most of the world think are a bit off their nut :) I've been soooooo enamoured of Braveheart and Scotland in general for a while now but never thought there was so many other people
who shared the feeling that Braveheart is so moving and that the tale of William Wallace holds so much for us.
Well then, that said, and at the risk of going on and on and on.....on with my Braveheart experience. In about May 1999 I met a wonderful man online. He lives in England but has good Scottish blood. He and I were talking just about everyday and sometimes he'd bring up what it's like being Scottish living in England, and how he's proud to be Scottish anyway, and it really made me think, you know. Now I never knew a thing about Scotland or the Scottish except the old stereotypes before I met Mr Wonderful and had only seen little parts of Braveheart when my folks rented it at Oscar time, but I always thought when the subject was brought up that Scotland was pretty cool, I always liked bagpipe music, plaids, and my middle name is even Skye. One day my sweety mentioned that he loved Braveheart and thought it was pretty cool that his ancestors were probably in those battles. After I talked to him that day I decided to watch it on video the whole thing ........ and that was just the beginning for me (seen it about 25 times and counting since '99).
I've become absolutely Scot-ified! I live and breath Scotland and Scottish, I've been studying Scottish history where ever i can find the resources, and I'm dying to make a trip over there sometime in the next couple years or so. I myself have gained so much strength and been so inspired by Wallace's story. But its amazing just how much Mel Gibson got into the real spirit of Wallace; I agree with some of your other writers, he really became William Wallace. I sincerely pray for the future of Scotland that there might be another person out there with William's strength and bravery. Don't listen to the Old Bruce's bit about the ability to compromise making a man noble. On certain issues, like the freedom of one's nation, one must not compromise, as Robert so forcefully learned.
ALBA GU BRATH and SLAN to all true Bravehearts!!!!!!!
Two of my friends and I had gone
to the Grosvenor off Byres Road in Glasgow on a Saturday afternoon feeling just a little
hung over. We'd brought a bottle of Glen Grant for the occasion which we sipped through
straws from our pepsi plastic cups. This was '95 when it first came out and I was nearly
thirty and thought that a movie couldn't affect me anymore but as soon as the music kicked
in and the camera panned over that majestic scenery I felt the instant lump in my throat
and all of a sudden I was a schoolboy again, reading of William Wallace and Robert Bruce
and going on day trips to Bannockburn and Stirling Castle. I realised I'd waited twenty
years for this film. The whole audience sat in silence through the whole three hours
(although the buggers stuck an intermission in just after the battle of Stirling which
although a pain, meant that we could get another bottle of whisky as someone had finished
the first!). When the film ended we trundled out into the sunshine of Ashton Lane and into
the nearest bar where we met some other friends who asked us where we'd been. No one had
spoken since leaving the theatre and when we tried to say what we'd just seen, the big man
shed a tear. In fact many manly tears came to my eyes just then, so overwhelmed was I by
what I'd just experienced. Feelings of pride in my country: the beauty of its terrain and
the kind heartedness of its people - I'd never live anywhere else; memories of history
lessons and thinking that surely Robert Bruce must look like Kenny Dalglish (who was
scoring regularly for Scotland against England when I was a boy); and just the gratitude
that someone had bothered to take a story that although well known to any Scotsman,
was unknown to the rest the world, and frame it so magnificently.
Dear Fellow Bravehearts,
In August of the year 1992, I was wrongly convicted of a crime I didn't commit. I spent the next three and a half years in prison because of one person's false testimony in my case. During that time of confinement, I lost my home, my children, having no father at home to guide them turned to running the streets and becoming involved in drugs, my wife starved herself in order to see to it that our children had enough to eat. She had to move into a small apartment in a dangerous neighborhood after the house was gone. I called her on the phone every Saturday night and tried the best I could to say words of comfort to ease her pain and dry her endless tears. Finally, one day, I completed my time and went home to my dear wife. She was waiting for me with open arms and a big Braveheart smile. It has been tough for us ever since. It's hard to make ends meet since ex-prisoners (even ones falsely convicted) have a hard time finding work that pays enough to live on. When I tell people of my false conviction some smile weakly as if to say "I hear you, but I don't believe you". It is heartbreaking to realize that there are some who do not believe my side of the story. Life has been hard, but with God and my devoted wife by my side I know I'll make it. Things will get better one fine day. I just know it.
Baron Locke ...
In 1995 at 26 yrs old, I was
destitute and delusional. I saw Braveheart repeatedly and for many months, I began
wondering what it would be like to live a life such as Wallace's. I went out one night and
set a perceived enemy's building on fire. I was swiftly caught and arrested. I spent a few
weeks locked up until I was bonded out. After bond, I awaited imprisonment for 9 months.
Let me tell of my first
experience seeing Braveheart. My wife and I had seen a preview for the movie but I had not
done my usual homework before seeing the film. We had no idea what to expect except the
preview looked pretty cool.
Doug & Susan Hansen ...
27th April, 2000
12th May, 2000
Eric Esculier ...
HI ! I am Erick, I am French, so
excuse me for my bad English !
Margaret Dilley ...
Dear Braveheart Enthusiasts, It
was indeed an experience for me, (and a bloody amusing one), to discover that there is a
page of Braveheart Experiences.
Sheila Rhoades ...
Three years ago I went to
Scotland on my own Braveheart quest. I visited Stirling and came upon the Guildhall.
Inside, there was placed against the wall, a gothic looking chair with a piece of paper
taped to the seat. It read "Mel Gibson sat here". Mr. Gibson had been at a
reception in the Guildhall for the opening of Braveheart. Of course I took a photo of the
chair - funny!
|Marcus Wicken ...
Regretably I never saw Braveheart at the cinemas, which I
think would have been even better than my many video viewings.
"ALBA GA BRA", Marcus [Scot/Aussie
and proud of it!].
|Anthony McGuffie ...
|Victor Colone ...
I lived in Scotland for two years and I learned to appreciate first hand the love and beauty of the country and her people. Everytime I see the movie it reminds of the passion, strength, and attitude of those wonderful Scots. I hope other people will be able to experience the people who inspired Braveheart as I did.
|Duncan Kennedy ...
Hi, it's great to know that we have a GREAT site to
visit re: Braveheart which must be the greatest movie ever made, and by the look of the
other letters you've received I'm not alone with this opinion. It really got to me reading
letters from so many people from all over the world, who
|K Jacobson ...
At the end of every year the high school that I attend holds
a huge blow-out concert featuring all the fine arts departments. The band always plays the
music themes from a well known movie while a small drama with scenes from the movie takes
place. I am a member of the orchestra and a school club called LARPS (Live Action Role
Playing Society). When we heard that the orchestra was playing the themes from Braveheart,
another LARPS and orchestra member and I immediately decided to get the club involved. I
was one of two people who organized the enitre thing. We organized the music, the scenes,
the actors, and the nationally and internationally know bagpiper who played for us. Along
with organizing it, I also acted as Murron. I was very pleased with the end result and am
proud to say that I was a part of it.
|Thom Simmons ...
I'm an American of highlander descent, and spent the last
couple of years researching my family, which originated in the glens around Glen Shee. I
had discovered where they lived, found the ship's passengers logs for them, etc., all very
exciting for a bagpipe-playing, trying-to-learn-Gaelic Yank like me. I LOVED Braveheart (I
only see one or two movies a year, and this was "big" enough to be one of them).
Then, two Novembers ago, I had the opportunity of a lifetime: I got to take my entire
family to Scotland for two weeks. Now before going, I can remember a high school
acquaintance, many years ago, telling me about his greatest "high" - he climbed
a pyramid in Egypt, and smoked pot while listening to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon!
I remember that sounded pretty awesome, but never aspired to "matching" him.
However, that November day, I drove up A93 towards little Glen Shee to find my ancestor's
homelands. Just as we came up on a rise, I saw a bunch of stuff at once - a little sign
telling me I was "there," a huge mist crawling over huge, yellow-larch and
green-spruce and red-heathered covered mountains, the site of my clan's gatherings, and
THEN, - with the soundtrack to Braveheart in my car's tape deck - the music of the Main
Theme crescendoed as the panarama opened around me. it was absolutley BREATHTAKING.
(Clint, you can keep the pyramids!). I will NEVER forget it, and it truly cemented
something in this gaelic Soul!
|Jeff Luck ...
Great site! The collaborative effort of the people who had a hand in creating this movie is phenomenal. I was enthralled by the movie and like many others have said, "felt like I was there!". Joy, happiness, shocking tragedy, numbing pain are but a few of the human emotions and situations that Mel Gibson painted vividly within the character of William Wallace. They could find no better in choosing James Horner to score this movie with his heart wrenching music. I love the soundtrack as much as the movie, its very hard to find music that can put a lump in your throat just by the feeling it causes! This is destined to be a classic that can and will be enjoyed by those of all ages because human emotion spans all generations. Keep up the great site! I'll close with the one line that stuck with me from the movie.
"Every man dies, but not every man really lives."
|Michael Palmer ...
The first time I saw Braveheart I was captivated. I didn't get out of the seat of the theater for like ten minutes. I never felt so strongly about a film, it was amazing. I got the chills over 10 times during the movie, and I got teary. In all the times I have watched, I never stopped getting the chills.
|Erica Joyse Olsen ...
I was living for a semester in Ireland and had taken a camping trip to the Wicklow mountains where some scenes from Braveheart were shot. My two girlfriends and I were drinking in a local pub and tolerating the drunken interest the lads took in three foreign girls. One gentleman had an especially memorable line. He walked up to us and after trying the usual hey-how-are-ye banter, and said: "did ye know I was in Braveheart?" Well, this got our attention. He said they had auditioned for extras among the locals, and that he had appeared in a scene. When we asked him what he did in the movie, he smiled charmingly and said "I showed me arse."
|Renee Nynaeve ...
Oh, God where do I start? I was IN Scotland while they were filming but passed up an invitation to go to Ft. William and watch! I wasn't too high on Mel Gibson's Filmography at the time and wasn't even looking forward to the movie - although I'd made an intense study of evil Edward I and what he did to Wales in 1282 for years. If you love the history of William Wallace go directly to the Library now and find about Llywelyn the Great and Llywellyn the Last and what the Welsh suffered at the hands of Edward I. Because of him, they lost their independence completely. Check out Sharon Kay Penman's books for a stirring fictional acount. But anyway, FOOL me!
Ironically, I wound up seeing it on the first night it opened. Gibson blew me away. I couldn't believe what an AMAZING real performance he gave. I still can't believe it! And he directed himself!!! Brilliant!!!!! I saw it in the theater NINE times thereafter - I hadn't repeated a movie experience like that since Return of the Jedi when I was ten! The best movie experience of my life was the fourth time - when we snuck Goldschlager into the theater. I was roaring drunk and my emotions were flying all over the place. Also, Angus MacFadyen is not only terribly sexy, but a wonderful, wonderful, actor. I can't believe the career choices/errors he's made since this magnificient performance that held so much promise. My friends and I quote the movie to this day incessantly. My friend keeps a piece of paper in her pen called 'the secret kind.' I don't even remember why. I say, 'aye' all the time. "No, you're gonta live." "Have the courage to follow it." "It matters not. He is your king." "Did God make you the sacker of peaceful cities?" "Attack." are some of the most frequently used. I remember the Rockets won their second championship that year and we went to watch all the playoff games with our hair in "braveheart braids" and I would wear my Rocket's t-shirt slung across my chest like a kilt. But it didn't stop there. We would put the blue stuff you rub onto pool sticks, the resin I guess, all over our face like war paint. And we won! And I met Kenny Smith the night after the win and I told him he had to see Braveheart. That's all I could think to say to an NBA star!
We're going to Scotland this summer and plan
to hit all the Braveheart sights that I foolishly missed the first time. I had a similar
experience to the woman above in that when I saw it, I was going through a bad break up
and I too lamented "I don't need this! I need a man who loves me like William
Wallace. Enough to start a war for me." Well, he apparently doesn't exist or is dead.
The soundtrack should've won the Oscar, it's ten thousand times better than Horner's
Titanic exhibition. Thank God Celine Idiot Dion didn't sing a Braveheart-themed song. I
would have died. However, there is a dance mix out there believe it or not. Anyway, this
is the best modern movie of our time. Stunning. It has everything. I put it second only to
Lawrence of Arabia.
As I watched the movie I was completely immersed in the
experience. I suspended all of disbelief and was 'there' in a sense that I cannot remember
ever having in a movie theatre. At the end of the movie, I was unable to
Thank you for this forum.
This story occured a few months after I had ended a three
year relationship. I was quite disillusioned with men in general and to cheer myself up I
watched Braveheart at least twice a week (after all, where else can you see real men in
kilts these days?). Well, my greatest help after the breakup was my best friend, Scott. He
listened to me whine and whimper for weeks after the breakup. One of my most common gripes
was, "Where's my William Wallace? Where's a guy that would love me enough to fight a
war to avenge my death?" Scott patiently