Swords of the Covenanters: Cameron’s Sword at the Battle of Airds Moss #History #Scotland

Airds Moss Monument

Among the treasures held by the National Museum of Scotland is the sword of the field preacher Richard Cameron who was killed in the Battle of Airds Moss on Thursday 22 July 1680. This is possibly the sword that Cameron held when he was cut down.

After the battle, Cameron was identified via intelligence that much of his middle finger was missing. His hands and head were cut off and displayed on the highest spike of the Netherbow in Edinburgh. His sword was probably taken at that time as a battlefield trophy. I would love to be able to show you a picture of the sword, but it is, at present, not on display.


According to the NMS website:

‘Basket-hilted broadsword, said to have belonged to Richard Cameron, the Covenanter’

The NMS also holds this rather strange find from Airds Moss, which one wonders if it is related to the battle:

‘Fragment of check or tartan and molar tooth, found at Airds Moss, Ayrshire’.

For more on Richard Cameron, see here.

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Photograph: Airds Moss Martyrs’ Monument © Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse.

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~ by drmarkjardine on October 24, 2016.

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