A Humanist William Wallace Wedding at the National Wallace Monument

The National Wallace Monument, in Stirling, played host to a special ceremony this week – the marriage of William Wallace (55) and his wife Sue (51).

Humanist Society Scotland Registered Celebrant Mary Wallace conducted the Humanist wedding ceremony to marry the namesake of the Scottish hero, which the National Wallace Monument commemorates, to his long-time love at the crown of the historic Scottish landmark.

(l-r) Sue and William Wallace stand with Humanist Celebrant Mary Wallace

(l-r) Sue and William Wallace stand with Humanist Celebrant Mary Wallace

William, from Glasgow, and Sue, from Liverpool, met over 30 years ago but after going their separate ways they didn’t embark on a relationship until the summer of 2012 when they reunited in Liverpool and they haven’t looked back since. Now both living in Liverpool, the couple got engaged at the start of 2016, and their choice of the National Wallace Monument as their wedding venue was a natural one.

Speaking about the recent nuptials HSS Registered Celebrant Mary Wallace said:

“When Susan and William first contacted me, I was delighted because I’m always very happy to conduct marriages for other members of the Wallace clan! Originally they were looking for a castle in central Scotland, but after exploring a few options, I suggested that there was only really one place to get married given William’s name and that was The Wallace Monument in Stirling!

“It’s been a real pleasure working with the couple to create a memorable and special day for them and I offer the new Mr and Mrs Wallace my warmest congratulations!”

With the setting of stunning views spanning central Scotland and the Highlands to the north The National Wallace Monument has been the chosen location for big romantic gestures such as proposals and intimate wedding ceremonies in the past. However, never before has there been a William Wallace married inside the Monument.

Speaking to HSS after the ceremony, William Wallace said:

“Mary was the one that made our wedding day the special day we shall never forget. She is a wonderful warm compassionate woman who built our service to who we both are.”

Also commenting on the ceremony, Humanist Society Scotland’s Head of Ceremonies and Chaplaincy, Lynsey Kidd, commented:

“Humanist Society Scotland Celebrants enable thousands of people every year to celebrate the important moments in life. We are proud that Scotland is one of the few countries in the world where Humanist wedding ceremonies are legal.

“Sue and William’s story is a touching one, and all of us at HSS feel very moved to be a part of it. We wish them every happiness for the future.”

Notes: For further information or comment please contact Gary McLelland on gary@humanism.scot or 07813060713.

About HSS:
Humanist Society Scotland seeks to represent the views of people in Scotland who wish to lead ethical and fulfilling lives guided by reason, empathy and compassion. We provide a range of non-religious ceremonies and campaign for a secular state. HSS has over 14,000 members across Scotland.


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