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Claymore


The universal weapon of the Clansmen was the claymore (Gaelic, claidheamh mor, meaning big sword). Originally a claymore was an enormous double-handed sword often well over five foot in length. It was largly discarded at the end of the seventeenth century in favour of the basket-hilted sword.
Extracted from The Life and Adventures of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, by W. Drummond Norrie, published 1900, page 47.


The claymore because of its length was carried on the back of the clansman with the hilt about head height. The weapon was lethal in the hands of an expert swordsman e.g. Rob Roy McGregor, who could easily decapitate two of the enemy with a left and right sweep of the weapon. The claymore was used extensively during the '15 Uprising but by 1745 it was considered too heavy and combersome.
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Claymore
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