At first glance there might not appear to be a lot to Falkirk, and apart from the nearby
Falkirk Wheel (a massive modern engineering construction used to move
barges and boats from one canal to another), you may wonder what
incentive there might be to pay it a visit.
But sometimes it is the smallest, seemingly insignificant thing that can
be the most appealing, that which is often lost to visitors and little
appreciated by locals. For it is the hidden gem that is all the excuse
you need to catch a train straight there, and that sparkling emerald is
a tomb. It is a small tomb of no visual consequence, and not one you can
crawl into or creep around. But it is certainly one that you can stand
beside and gaze at in awe. For Falkirk's Old Parish Church yard is the
resting-place of Sir John De Graham, a knight who fought at the side of
Sir William Wallace and died at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298.
long time the remains of his sword sat on top of his tomb,
but I believe
it has been removed by the city fathers for
safekeeping. It is very hard
to imagine a sword lying
so long. It must have been protected by
warriors of long ago.
SIR JOHN DE GRAHAM'S TOMB
THE HIGH STREET, FALKIRK
THE FALKIRK WHEEL
You can get a train to Falkirk from Edinburgh, Glasgow Queen
Street, and Stirling railway stations.