The National Wallace Monument celebrates Scotland’s heroines for International Woman’s Day on 8th March

Marking International Women’s Day, on 8th March, the National Wallace Monument in Stirling will present special live actor performances as part of its Scotland’s Heroines project.

The project aims to introduce a female figurehead to the prestigious Hall of Heroes gallery, found on the second floor of the top tourist attraction in the heart of Scotland, that currently contains 16 busts of distinguished Scotsmen including King Robert the Bruce, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns.

During the performances, William Wallace and the Monument’s caretakers will discuss and debate who should be the first heroine to be recognised at The National Wallace Monument.

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh











Taking place at intervals throughout the day on the 8th, 11th and 12th March, the short performances will explore the lives of the remarkable women in the shortlist who have shaped Scotland in the areas of Arts, Culture & Sport, Medicine, Science & Engineering and Public Life.

Elsie Inglis











Visitors to the top tourist attraction will hear how individuals in the shortlist reflect the characteristics of Scotland’s first hero, William Wallace, and how they exhibited selflessness or personal commitment to social improvement, and were leaders in their fields, achieving worldwide recognition.

Mary Somerville











Public voting on the shortlist is now open online at, or via a voting ballot in person at the Monument, and the deadline for final entries is 31st March 2017.