The Prince and the Plunder

A book on how Britain took one boy and piles of treasures from Ethiopia

The Cameronians’ prayer book *

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: A prayer book ‘obtained from an Abyssinian chief’

Where: The Cameronians Regimental Museum (Scottish Rifles), Mote Hill, off Muir Street, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ML3 6BY, UK

The museum entry, which has several pictures, describes: a “17th Century Abyssinian prayer book, known as the ‘Weddase Maryam’ a collection of prayers in honour of the Virgin Mary. It is written in Ethiopian on vellum.
The book contains seven prayers, one for each day of the week. The book was obtained from an Abyssinian Chief by Lieutenant Turner of the 26th (Cameronian) Regiment in 1868″.

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The 26th Foot (The Cameronians) were a Scottish regiment which arrived too late to take part in either of the main battles in the Abyssinian Campaign.

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