Jacobite sword found at Culloden to be put up for auction

The broadsword was found at the site of the last fight in the Jacobite Riding nearly 300 years ago.

18th century broadsword found at Battle of Culloden site to be auctioned in Edinburgh Supplied

A sword found at the site of the Battle of Culloden fought almost 300 years ago is to go up for auction in Edinburgh.

Auctioneers at Bonhams have put an estimated price tag of between £500-800 for the 18th Century basket hilt broadsword.

The blade was found at the site in Inverness which saw the final engagement of the Jacobite Rising in 1746.

The battle, fought on April 16, saw forces loyal to Bonnie Prince Charlie defeated by British forces led by the Duke of Cumberland.

An 18th Century basket-Hilted Broadsword found on Culloden Moor.Supplied

The engagement, which lasted less than an hour, claimed the lives of thousands with around 1,500 of them being Jacobites.

According to the auctioneers at Bonhams, the fight spelled the end of the Stuart cause and ultimately the “Highland way of life”.

The sword is a 87cm (34in) double edged blade and is incised with an armorers mark on each side forward of the forte.

The design also includes “stylised” hearts and ram horns.

A paper label the item comes with has a handwritten note that reads “this was found on Culloden after the battle”.

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