MSP demands Wallace letter return

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A letter carried by William Wallace when he was captured by English forces in 1305 should be returned to Scotland, a Nationalist MSP has claimed.

The document, known as the Safe Conduct, was written by the King of France and was supposed to guarantee Wallace safe passage to visit the Pope.

It is currently held at the National Archives in Surrey.

South of Scotland MSP Christine Grahame said it should be in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Ms Grahame has lodged a parliamentary motion calling for the return of the letter, and also lodged a parliamentary question asking if Scottish ministers will make a formal request to have it returned.

Ms Grahame said it would be "entirely inappropriate that it should languish, forgotten in some closed drawer in Surrey and urge the UK National Archive to pass it to the National Museum of Scotland where it can be properly displayed."

She claimed the document will be "an inspirational boost" for Scots to return for the Homecoming celebrations.

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