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Sword of Indian origin, described as being 'presented' to Colonel Sir John Macdonald by the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II in the aftermath of the Battle of Laswari, fought 1 November 1803, during the Second Anglo-Maratha War (1802 - 1805), India

Museum reference

H.MCR 46

Object name



Pre 1803

Style / Culture



Leather, Brass

Physical description

Sword with curved blade and leather scabbard with brass mounts featuring an inscription: ‘Presented to Lt Genl Sir John Macdonald K. C. B. By his Highness Shah Ahlam [sic] Emperor of the Moguls’.


Clanranald Collection of Jacobite and Family Relics
Previous owner: Alam II, Shah, Emperor, 1728 - 1806
Previous owner: Macdonald, John, Colonel, Sir, 1802 (fl.) - 1805 (fl.)
Battle: Battle of Laswari
War: Second Anglo-Maratha War
India, South Asia

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