The 220 feet high tower was opened in 1869 to commemorate Scotland's greatest freedom fighter, Sir
William Wallace (1267-1305).  It was funded by public subscription and donations poured in from
expatriate Scots around the world.  Support came from many European leaders including the Italian
patriot, Garibaldi.
Eighty years after the monument's completion and opening, the
following appeared in the local press:
Bo’ness Journal, March 1949

A rare specimen may be seen at the Rob Roy Tavern, Buchlyvie,
Stirlingshire, in the form of a one-gallon brown earthenware teapot.
The big pot was made at Bo'ness Pottery and used for the first and
only time at a picnic to dedicate the Wallace Monument 80 years
ago.  It is now in the possession of the proprietrix of the Wayside
Highland tavern at Buchlyvie.
Does this teapot still exist?  Do you know who owns it now?  This page will not be complete until it
has a photo of this teapot, so, if you can help, please get in touch through the email facility on the
Home page.  Thanks.
Wallace Monument viewed from Bo'ness
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