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Black Watch Broadsword (Image by Frank Proctor) © The Museum of The Black Watch

This type of sword would have been carried at the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga in 1758.This traditional Scottish backsword or broadsword, dated to the 1740s and 50s, is one of the oldest items in the collection at the Museum of The Black Watch. The sword was reputedly made in Scotland.
A sword of this type would have been carried by members of The Black Watch during the mid-eighteenth century. It would have been used in significant battles such as Fontenoy in 1745 and at Fort Ticonderoga in 1758, and carried by soldiers in the Regiment during the Mutiny of 1743.
In the late 1750s and 1760s in North America broadswords fell out of use, in preference for tomahawks and shortened muskets, which were more useful in close quarters fighting.
Today, soldiers more commonly use automatic and semi-automatic weapons, but the infantry soldier today still carries and uses a bayonet in close combat. Broadswords are carried on ceremonial occasions by officers of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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