A Royal Scots Officers Sword of Irish War of Independence Interest.
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41 ½” overall, 35” straight blade with broad fuller and spear point, engraved with ER VII cipher to one side and ‘Royal Scots’ to the other, with scrolling thistles and ‘Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London’ and numbered 40950 on the spine. With pierced steel bowl guard of Scottish staff officer pattern with St Andrew behind a Saltair surrounded by thistles. Fish skin grip with twisted steel wire in it’s field service pattern scabbard.
No 40950 Circa 1906
Sold with many pages of research and a book on the history of MI5 and another on the Irish war of independence
A rare sword in very good condition, blade polish near perfect.
Maldwyn Makgill Haldane - Nephew of Richard Haldane Secretary of State of War, 1905-1912. Haldane Reforms (Territorial Force) Lord Chancellor, 1912-1915
1st Viscount Haldane
Commissioned Royal Scots 04 January 1899
Captain, General Staff HQ Army 1909
Major, General Staff War Office, 1910
Major, War Office, 1914 (Declaration of War)
Major, Head of H Branch MI5 throughout the war (under Lt. Colonel Kell)
Lt. Colonel, 1st January 1918
Lt. Colonel, 1920, A Branch (Director of Administration) Ireland, Dublin Castle. The IRA guerrilla war 1920-22
Lt. Colonel, 1922, Director Criminal Investigation Department (CID), BelfastAuthor of ‘History of the Fourth Battalion The Seaforth Highlanders