Carbine, owned by the Lairds of Grant

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Carbine, owned by the Lairds of Grant

A carbine is a rifle with a short barrel. This example is from the family armoury of the Lairds of Grant of Speyside. In its present form it dates from 1673 but the barrel was made around 1630 for Sir John Grant, 6th Laird of Freuchie (1546-1637).

The carbine has a snaphance lock mechanism which uses a flint to spark the gunpowder. The lock-plate has the maker's mark 'WM'.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-880-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LNA 25
Date: 1673
Material: Inscription: WM / 1673
Dimensions: 1165 mm L x 57 mm W x 145 mm D
What: Carbine, snaphance
Subject: Arms and armour, Seafield Collection (NMAS Classification)
Who: Seafield Collection
Description: Snaphaunce carbine, engraved WM and 1673
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