A Very Fine Double Percussion Rifle by R T Pritchett with Barrels by Alex Henry. 45” overall, 28” barrels with a very unusual combination of 2 groove & multi-groove rifling, 2 groove .557 across the lands and the multi-groove 34 bore. Damascus barrels, blade foresight, file cut rib with 3 folding sight leaves with platinum lines. Engraved on its top flat ‘Alex Henry 8 South St Andrew’s Street, Edinburgh’ stamped on each barrels on the underside ‘396,AH’ and ‘34’ and with London gunmaker’s proofs. Scroll engraved barrel tang, flat border engraved side locks with dolphin headed hammers and sliding safeties, plain trigger guard numbered ‘3222’, steel patchbox engraved with the owners initials ‘S.R.’ Highly figured walnut stock, chequered at wrist and fore-end with gold escutcheon oval engraved with owner’s crest. Contained in its original very high quality golden oak case with chequered pigskin lining with some accessories including 2 loading rods, one for each type of bullet, pigskin covered nickel shot flask (spring broken), compound bullet mould for the multi-groove rifling stamped ‘Alex Henry, 396’, large wad cutter, a cap tin and two boxwood boxes. With Pritchett’s 86 St James Street label with some pencilled loading instructions. The entire case with its original block leather over-cover stamped with owner’s name, Struan Roberson.
The rifle in very good condition, very crisp rifling, the best quality case in good condition.
George Duncan Robertson, 22nd of Struan, 8th of Drumachuine and 18th Chief of Clan Donnachaidh was born on 26 July 1816. He was the son of Major General George Duncan Robertson, 21st of Struan, 7th of Drumachuine and 17th Chief of Clan Donnachaidh and Ann Outhwaite. He married Mary Stuart Menzies, daughter of Major Archibald Menzies, on 3 April 1839. He died on 3 April 1864 at age 47 at Isle of Wight, England, without issue.
He was a Lieutenant in the 42nd Highlanders. He held the position of 18th Chief of the Clan Donnachaidh from 1842. He held the office of Justice of the Peace, he was styled Struan Robertson.
Clan Donnachaidh, sometimes known as Clan Robertson, William Forbes Skene (1809-92), Historiographer Royal of Scotland, wrote in 1837 that: “the Robertsons of Struan are unquestionably the oldest family in Scotland, being the sole remaining branch of that Royal House of Atholl which occupied the throne of Scotland during the 11th and 12th centuries.”