cannot be a traitor for I owe him (Edward I) no allegiance. He is not my
sovereign; for he never recieved my homage; and whilst life is in this
persecuted body, he never shall recieve it. To the other points where of
I am accused, I freely confess them all.
As governor of my country I have been
an enemy to it's enemies; I have slain the english; I have mortally opposed
the english king; I have stormed and taken the towns and castles which
he unjustly claimed as his own. If I or my soldiers have plundered or done
injury to the houses or ministers of religion, I repent me of my sin; but
it is not of Edward of England I shall ask pardon."
William Wallace's retort to Sir Peter
Mallorie (the king's justice) before his execution in London the next day.
Date of execution:- August 23 1305