William Wallace

1270 - 1305

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Sir William Wallace (Scottish Gaelic: Uilleam Uallas, pronounced [ˈɯʎam ˈuəl̪ˠəs̪]; Norman French: William le Waleys; c. 1270 – 23 August 1305) was a Scottish knight who became one of the main leaders during the First War of Scottish Independence.Along with Andrew Moray, Wallace defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297. He was appointed Guardian of Scotland and served until his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in July 1298. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Wallace has received more than 10,236,801 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). William Wallace is the 11th most popular military personnel, the 44th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 42nd in 2019) and the most popular British Military Personnel.

William Wallace is most famous for his role in the Scottish Wars of Independence. He led the Scots to victory over the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.

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Among military personnels, William Wallace ranks 11 out of 1,466Before him are Spartacus, Charles de Gaulle, Erwin Rommel, Karl Dönitz, Charles Martel, and Adolf Eichmann. After him are Chiang Kai-shek, Themistocles, Khalid ibn al-Walid, Cao Cao, Heinz Guderian, and Erich von Manstein.

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Among people born in 1270, William Wallace ranks 1After him are Charles, Count of Valois, Haakon V of Norway, Rudolf II, Duke of Austria, Namdev, Theodore Metochites, Isabella of Burgundy, Queen of Germany, Theodore Svetoslav of Bulgaria, Cino da Pistoia, and Thoros III, King of Armenia. Among people deceased in 1305, William Wallace ranks 1After him are Joan I of Navarre, John IV Laskaris, Wenceslaus II of Bohemia, Roger de Flor, Guy, Count of Flanders, Moses de León, Roger of Lauria, Nicholas of Tolentino, Jean de Meun, Maximus Planudes, and Emperor Kameyama.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Wallace ranks 44 out of 6,924Before him are James Prescott Joule (1818), Bertrand Russell (1872), Anthony Hopkins (1937), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), Henry V of England (1386), and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900). After him are Edward Jenner (1749), John Dalton (1766), Alfred the Great (849), Robert Hooke (1635), Lord Byron (1788), and Thomas More (1478).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, William Wallace ranks 1After him are T. E. Lawrence (1888), Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758), Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857), Bernard Montgomery (1887), Edward Smith (1850), Gertrude Bell (1868), John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), Rudolf Abel (1903), John Franklin (1786), Harold Lowe (1882), and James Paul Moody (1887).