History Police (3)
Our travels through Scotland takes us to many places where we might want to question the information that has been displayed. Sometimes these 'inaccuracies' are due to generalisation or ignorance. Sometimes we learn something and are proven wrong. But this is a great way to learn the history of Scotland from a very unbiased point of view. As we know history can all be about who wrote it.
It is common that the term Claymore is attributed to the Scottish two handed sword romanticised so often. This was a very large sword and uncommon in Europe as most European swords of this size were mainly ceremonial. It is commonly depicted with the forward angled arms and quarterfoil designs at the end. The classic medieval sword was large and very much the same as we see so often in movies depicting knights especially the crusaders. The quarterfoil is probably made famous from the seal of John Balliol.
The name sideburn or sideburns refers to a beard, a type of facial hair or ‘lamb chops’ is often attributed to General Burnside who sported the unique looking beard. It is believed that they changed the name to sideburns in the early 1800's and it became a popular beard style in the era.