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Is it a Claymore or a Scottish Basket Hilted Broadsword?

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Written by Helmut Watterott 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…

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Origins of the Term Sideburns

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Written by Helmut Watterott 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…

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The Mention of Edward the 7th at Stirling Castle – History Police

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Written by Catriona Stevenson Our first installment of the ‘History Police’ In this one we feature Edward the 7th… or not.

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