The Prince and the Plunder

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Tag: The Cameronians Regimental Museum – Hamilton

The Cameronians’ prayer book *

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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″.

Accession No:
CAM.E548

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.

A piece of the emperor’s coat

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What: A 12cm-long piece of cloth cut from the Emperor’s coat on the day he died

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

According to many accounts, British soldiers swarmed around the body of Emperor Tewodros on Magdala and cut off pieces of his clothes for souvenirs.

The museum entry, which has two pictures, describes: a “small scrap of material with handwritten note” on a piece of paper.

A note on the paper reads: “A piece of the coat King Theodore had on the day he was killed. A piece of the coat was given to one of the 26th Cameronians by a French Colonel who took it off his coat – He [?] cut this off their piece”.

Accession No:
CAM.G308

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.