15th century Medieval Highland sword sells for £30,000 at auction after being discovered in a garage

A rusty 600-year-old sword used by Highlander mercenaries has sold for a whopping £30,000.

The medieval weapon, believed to date from the 15th or 16th Century, originated in the Scottish Highlands.

Only a few swords from the era survive, with most displayed in ancestral homes or museums.

The sword was valued at £200 before being sold for 150 times that amount to a Canadian buyer by Hutchinson Scott auction house in Skipton, Yorkshire.

Hutchinson Scott said the dimpled surface of the sword meant it was likely to have been buried, submerged or exposed to the elements for many years.

Hutchinson Scott also confirmed that the sword’s tip is missing.

The anonymous finder of the weapon was clearing out his recently deceased father’s garage in an undisclosed location.

The sword is now in London and is due to be shipped to Canada shortly.

The new buyer is paying a 20 per cent buyer’s premium on top of the £30,000 selling price – about £36,000 in total.

Paul Macdonald, a master-at-arms at Edinburgh-based sword makers Macdonald Armouries, had hoped to bid on the artefact and get a bargain.

Macdonald said he had seen three or four other swords of this type, held in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.

He believes the sword was used by West Highlander members of the ‘gallowglass’ – the elite mercenary warriors from Scotland who were employed to defend Irish clans from the 13th to 16th centuries.

The gallowglass warriors were hired for their fighting prowess and were seen as effective bodyguards who were unlikely to become involved in local disputes.

This type of sword was also the weapon of choice for battles in the highlands of Scotland between the English.

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The Witcher: Character Videos

Geralt of Rivia

We are ten days away from the premiere of The Witcher on Netflix.

Netflix released videos to introduce the main characters of the show. The videos below introduce Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra) and Princess Cirilla (Freya Allan)

The Witcher, based on the best selling books by Andrzej Sapkowski, follows the story of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.

Geralt of Rivia

Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, a monster hunter with supernautral abilites and expert swordsmanship skills

Yennefer of Vengerberg

Yennefer of Vengerberg

Yennefer is a sorceress in the Lodge of Sorceresses, a mother figure to Princess Cirillia and a love interest of Geralt.

When I created Yennefer’s character I wanted Geralt to fully grow, but then I decided to make things complicated. I created a female character who refuses to be a fantasy stereotype. To please the reader.

Andrzej Sapkowski

Princess Cirillia


The Witcher premieres on Netflix on 20 December 2019.

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Late last month Netflix announced a new original series ” from creator Michael Hirst that continues the storytelling of his beloved epic Vikings saga.”

From the Press Release:

Logline: The new saga begins 100 years after the original series concludes and dramatizes the adventures of the most famous Vikings who ever lived – Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King William the Conqueror (also a Viking descendant). These men and women will blaze new paths as they fight for survival in an ever changing and evolving Europe. This is the explosive next chapter of the Vikings legend.

Executive Producer: Michael Hirst (Vikings, The Tudors), Jeb Stuart (The Fugitive, Die Hard, The Liberator) and Morgan O’Sullivan (Vikings, Penny Dreadful).

Studio: MGM Television

Michael Hirst Quote: “I am beyond excited that we are announcing the continuation of our Vikings saga. I know that the millions of our fans across the globe will be thrilled by the belief being shown in our show by MGM and Netflix. Jeb Stuart, a truly wonderful writer, will bring new story-lines and a powerful visceral vision to stories about some of the most famous Vikings known to history.”

MGM TV quote: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Michael, Morgan, Jeb and Netflix on the next chapter in the incredible Vikings universe. Valhalla has been a labor of love for everyone involved and as we look ahead to the continuation of this great saga, we are excited to know that fans the world over will have the opportunity to continue with the series on its new home at Netflix.” Steve Stark, MGM’s President of Television Production and Development.

Netflix Quote: “Vikings: Valhalla promises to be everything that fans love about the franchise: heart-pounding, unstoppable action rooted in rich characters and dramatic storytelling that shines the light on family, loyalty and power. We are thrilled to bring the next iteration of the Vikings saga to life with Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart, Morgan O’Sullivan and MGM Television.” Channing Dungey, Vice President, Original Series, Netflix.

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