Scottish Claymores, Dirks, Sgian Dubh, Daggers and more
The evolution of Scottish arms and armor is not generally written about in detail in comparison to other nations. The interest of most early arms historiographers was in the clear trends in the evolution of arms and armor in Europe and their influences on England. Scotland however had many types of weapons and armor such as the claymore, dirks, sgian dubhs and of course the targe. Mail coat armor was generally reinforced by a breastplate. In Scotland the complete harness of plate or even mail armor would probably have been a rare sight. Knights carried the long-sword, axe, lance and mace. The quillons on most Scottish medieval swords usually turned towards the tip of the sword. Development in Scottish arms and armor was not only assisted by patronage of Scottish armourers but also in the settling influence of foreign armourers such as the French.
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