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Scottish Basket
Hilted Sword



Contact & About Me


    In 1966, after many years of studying and writing about antique firearms, I decided to devote myself to edged weapons and, in particular, the study of Scottish basket hilted swords.  At that time the only meaningful publication on the subject (and this had long been out of print) was the small, but excellent seminal work, Swords with Signed Basket hilts by Glasgow and Stirling Makers by C.E. Whitelaw, published in 1934.  Coincidentally, and perhaps appropriately, this was the year in which I was born.  The next publication was the small, but first rate book, Scottish swords and Dirks, by John Wallace (pub. 1970).  Since then, there has been a steady increase in books and articles on the subject, a few of the latter having been written by myself (see below).   However, old errors have been repeated by respected authors, including a number made in his original essay by Whitelaw himself, and new ones have been introduced.  Little serious effort has been made in developing a logical chronology and dating of swords; where these are given, they are often subjective “guesstimates” with little or no effort to justify them on either developmental or analytical grounds.  Frequently, English basket hilted swords are confused with Scottish ones and vice versa, while next to nothing has been written on Scottish swords made in Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness.  The same can also be said of Irish basket hilted swords.

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While the coverage of this book is immense, I am only too well aware that there are still many exciting examples of basket hilted swords out there. If you have one - or even several - interesting Scottish basket hilted swords, particularly signed baskets or early hilts, I would be pleased to receive further details/photos with a view to including these the The Scottish Basket Hilted Sword. ( )


From time-to-time this web site will be updated, particularly to include progress, but as I am now composing and inputting simultaneously this may not be particularly dramatic, but hopefully it will be slightly better than watching wet paint dry!
     Thank you for your courtesy in reading this information, I would like to wish you good luck and good hunting in your collecting activities.

Yours Sincerely



The Baron in the grounds of Earlshall Castle, Fife, Scotland.


A selection of signed Scottish Basket Hilted Swords in the Earshall collection