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National Trust for Scotland raises funds to buy Culloden blunderbuss

Detail of the blunderbuss Image copyright NTS
Image caption The gun was made in the 1670s

The National Trust for Scotland has raised enough money from an appeal to enable it to buy a gun believed to have been taken as a trophy at Culloden.

The blunderbuss has been on loan to NTS and displayed at its Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre since 1996.

The weapon's owner has put it up for sale and given the trust first refusal.

NTS launched a public appeal in December, and has now raised more than half the £65,000 cost of buying the weapon through donations.

Made in the 1670s by John Finch, a leading London firearms maker, NTS said the blunderbuss was a rare survivor of its type.

It is a muzzle-loading firearm with a flintlock mechanism and dog lock.

An inscription on the gun reads: "Taken at the battle of Culloden 16 April 1746 by Captain John Goodenough with 18 balls in it."

Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite force was defeated by a government army in the Battle of Culloden, near Inverness.

Capt Goodenough fought on the government side in Blakeney's 27th Foot Regiment.

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