Scotland’s Hall of Heroes to add first female figurehead

Elsie Inglis, founder of the Scottish Womens Hospital, is one of those shortlisted. Picture: Contributed
Elsie Inglis, founder of the Scottish Womens Hospital, is one of those shortlisted. Picture: Contributed
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Stirling’s National Wallace Monument is to add the first female figurehead to the Hall of Heroes gallery within the famous landmark.

The Hall of Heroes commemorates leading figures who have made major contributions or achieved notable success throughout Scotland’s history.

The 16 busts on display include King Robert the Bruce, Sir Walter Scott, John Knox and Robert Burns.

During the original selection process, two women nominated for inclusion but not finally chosen.

But now a list of over 200 female nominations suggested by Monument staff and the Saltire Society is being shorlisted.

Nominations include Elsie Inglis, founder of the Scottish Women’s Hospital and Elenor Gordon, Olympic swimmer. The shortlist will include five names with the winner chosen by a panel and the public over the next few months.