About Marion Braidfute of Lamington
"William Wallace came to the Clyde Forest after successfully ambushing the English at Loudon Hill, in July 1296. After the skirmish Wallace took refuge near Lanark in order to rest his men.
It is at this time that Wallace may have met Marion Braidfute for the first time. Marion was 18 years of age and the daughter of the laird of Lamington. Marion Braidfute is described by Blind Harry "She suffered all and bore herself right lowly, so amiable she was, so benign and wise, courteous and sweet, full of noblesse, of well ordered speech." Wallace fell in love with Marion, but according to some sources, he decided that it would not be wise to marry till Scotland had been freed from the English. She informed Wallace that the Sheriff, whom Blind Harry describes as “cruel, outrageous and spiteful in his actions.' had put to death her brother who had come along with Marion to stay in his father's town house in Lanark, supposedly to avoid trouble.
"From that time forward, whenever Wallace was in town, he would secretly visit with her. Marion would encourage him and helped him to get into her house through a back entrance in an alley behind the house. The sheriff Heselrig had made plans for Marion to be wed to his son. This made their affair a very difficult one. Soon after William and Marion promised to each other that as soon as he had freed his country he would return and claim her as his wife. It is noted elsewhere though, that William and Marion did in fact get married and Marion bore unto him a daughter Elizabeth.
Marion Braidfute of Lamington's Timeline
Lamington, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Elderslie, Paisley Parish, Renfrewshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland