C1740 Gordon Clan Officer's Broadsword, Culloden,
Believed to be the broadsword of Lieutenant George Gordon of the
Jacobite Scottish army, captured at Culloden in 1746, in very good
condition, initialed "G G" in the Gordon Clan officer
manner on a blade type associated with the Clan Gordon.
It is virtually undeniable that this is a circa 1740 Scottish broadsword
of an officer of the Clan Gordon, as the style of blade is the same
as one illustrated (plate 1:21 - sword property of Geoffrey Jenkinson)
in "Culloden: The Swords and the Sorrows: An Exhibition to
Commemorate the Jacobite Rising of 1745 and the Battle of Culloden
1746" published by the National Trust for Scotland (ISBN 0-901625-58-2);
the large 1 1/2 inch ricasso, the twin fullers down either side
of the central line. In addition, the blade of this sword is engraved
"G. G" and the sword owned by Geoffrey Jenkinson also
bears the original owner's initials, in that case "L"
over "L G" (speculated to be the sword of Lord Lewis Gordon).
So the blade type and the use of initials on the blade clearly connects
this sword with the Gordon Clan.
Research shows that there was one Lieutenant George Gordon, of
Glenbucket, third son of the famous Major General John Gordon, ‘Old
Glenbucket.’ He survived Culloden, and escaped from prison
in Inverness. He became a doctor in Jamaica where he died (Source:
The Gay Gordons, by John Malcolm Bulloch, London, 1908).
This would explain how a broadsword of the Clan Gordon came into
English hands (we purchased the item from an English collection).
We can not show the illustration of the other Gordon sword as the
book is copyrighted, though the book is often out of print / unavailable,
so we are happy to provide a copy of the relevant illustration for
personal reference use only.
The 31 inch blade is in very good condition for its age, if a little
over-zealously cleaned, the fuller etching and "G G" still
clear. There is the remains of what looks like a maker's mark on
the other side of the ricasso, but we are not able to determine
exactly what it is. We believe the blade to be Spanish made, or
possibly Prussian, as would be typical for Scottish swords of this
era. There is some pitting to the blade, but not much, plus a few
nicks. The blade is firm in the hilt, the hilt is generally in very
good condition with only minimal damage. There appears to be the
remains of the sword cutler's initials on the rear quillon; we can
make out a "T" but nothing more. The grip appears to be
original, of leather, aged / dry and loose now on the tang of the
The provenance linking this sword to the Gordon Clan at the time
of Culloden is exceptional. Our research has uncovered only one
likely owner of the sword, Lieutenant George Gordon.
This sword is a solid investment. Full sized / additional photos
available upon request. Please quote item reference number E83 (841).