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Forum: European Armoury 24th September 2021, 10:02 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Right Capn, Paul MacDonald of Edinburgh, who...

Right Capn,
Paul MacDonald of Edinburgh, who was the one who restored Rob Roys sword in 2007, has an outstanding reputation as a sword restorer, but as a Master of Arms swordsman. This venture...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd September 2021, 08:15 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Always good to be skeptical, as it leads to...

Always good to be skeptical, as it leads to further study and discovery of more compelling evidence. Typically with things historical, there is seldom a final word or conclusion. I have always...
Forum: European Armoury 21st September 2021, 07:50 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I have been trying to find a photo of Rob Roy's...

I have been trying to find a photo of Rob Roy's sword, but images online are pretty dismal. I do know that Master of Arms Paul MacDonald of Edinburgh restored it in 2007, and I communicated with him...
Forum: European Armoury 19th September 2021, 06:07 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I wanted to add some notes on these basket hilts...

I wanted to add some notes on these basket hilts for perspective. The first is my own basket hilt, which was found in an estate sale in Maryland some years ago. This is of course the Glasgow style...
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2021, 01:43 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The presence of 'foreign' swords in the colonies,...

The presence of 'foreign' swords in the colonies, and in America through the Revolution, and Civil War is well established, as seen in the amazingly comprehensive "Swords and Blades of the American...
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2021, 01:21 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
What I meant was that in the 19th century with...

What I meant was that in the 19th century with all the fervor over all things Scottish many old hilts were remounted with old blades, mostly German of course, which were still circulating around. I...
Forum: European Armoury 17th September 2021, 08:27 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
That the basket hilt had a long presence in the...

That the basket hilt had a long presence in the American colonies has no doubt. Scots and Irish, hence Scotch-Irish, had been coming to America, and in the Carolinas for some time, and were in place...
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2021, 06:50 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Capn, as we, along with so many others, are...

Capn, as we, along with so many others, are passionate students of history and these amazing weapons, I share your outrage intensely. It is impossible to study these things without being exposed to...
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2021, 05:24 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Just as intriging are the sheer numer of baskets...

Just as intriging are the sheer numer of baskets absent from the field of Culloden after the battle. In other words, despite the massive numbers of fallen Scots, others retrieved their baskets and...
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2021, 03:36 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Wow Jose!! very nice to say, but no need, I walk...

Wow Jose!! very nice to say, but no need, I walk among giants here, and we all have areas that we have chosen as favorites. I'm just so glad Mark posted this so I could revisit these things I've...
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2021, 12:48 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
These are excellent references Robert! It is...

These are excellent references Robert! It is interesting that these masters approached 'fencing' but more in the sense of dueling and the small sword and rapier. It seems that 'fencing' is perhaps a...
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2021, 12:30 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
After Culloden (1746), the Scots were forbidden...

After Culloden (1746), the Scots were forbidden to have weapons, or wear Highland dress, with these proscriptions in place for nearly 50 years. While swords were permitted in degree of course in the...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 10:22 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Capn, this was very exciting...

Thank you Capn, this was very exciting research!!! While my comparisons to the Rob Roy sword may seem optimistic to some, I think there is more than reasonable plausibility to place your sword in...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 08:27 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Rob Roy MacGregor

Some years ago while researching Rob Roy, I found that the swords actually used in the fight between Rob Roy and an opponent much younger , Charles Stuart of Ardshiel, had been restored by an...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 07:53 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Actually the CB (=casus belli) for individuals...

Actually the CB (=casus belli) for individuals varied, and mostly the reason was protest of the 1707 combining of Scottish and English parliaments.
Naturally there were Jacobites (those in support...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 06:39 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I'm surely no expert on these Capn, but thank...

I'm surely no expert on these Capn, but thank you! I do clearly have a passion for them, and though I have tried to study them for many years, their history is complex and elusive.

In reading...
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2021, 06:18 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
There were not really any blade forgers in any...

There were not really any blade forgers in any degree in the British Isles until the mid to latter 17th century, these being the Hounslow makers who who primarily Germans brought in, later the...
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