“The son’s life; Our freedom” Posted in: Opinions In the film Braveheart, Mel Gibson portrays William Wallace, a knight and leader of the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. Perhaps you recall his rousing speech made on horseback before the demoralized Scottish troops. He encourages them to persist in their fight for independence from England, and the message he wants the Scots to send to the Brits is, “They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!!!”The sentiment Wallace and his fellow Scots were expressing was that they would rather suffer death than live in bondage to ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!