A 700-year-old letter linked to Sir William Wallace was likely to have been in his possession, an international team of experts has agreed. The group was asked by Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop to investigate the origins of the document, which is currently held in The National Archives in London.

The letter from King Philip of France asks his agents to help Wallace in business with the Pope and has puzzled historians since it came to light in the Tower of London in the 1830s. The medieval experts - from Scotland, England and France - agree the letter is French and was issued on November 7, 1300. It also strongly suggests Wallace intended to travel to Rome although it is not known if he reached his destination.

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