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Early works to 1800
|Named Person:||Robert Borthwick|
|Material Type:||Manuscript, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Archival Material, Internet Resource|
|Notes:||This manuscript diagram of the gun "Mons Meg" at Edinburgh Castle, is dated 1734, but unsigned. In addition to the diagram of the gun, it gives a description of her specifications.
In addition to the military details, it also gives a brief history of the gun, which history it notes as being "taken from the Records in the Advocates Library at Edinburgh". However, this history conflicts with that of the present day authorities of the gun's origin, as is assigns its creation to Robert Borthwick, the Engineer of James IV of Scotland, and her date as 1511. It asserts that the name is after James IV's Queen, Margaret, and the word "muns" meaning "little", "on account of her extraordinary size" [ie. the gun's size, not the Queen's].
In top right hand corner: library shelfmark written in ink, with below "42" on printed slip, pasted on.
In bottom right hand corner: later pencil note "N 11".
In bottom left hand corner: '((c)' written in brown ink.
At bottom of sheet: scale statement "A Scale for the Section", with diagonal scale graded horizontally 12--1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 "Feet", and vertically 10-8-6-4-2.
Has official Board of Ordnance stamp.
|Other Titles:||Muns Meg, a gun so called at Edinburgh Castle.
Mons Meg, a gun so called at Edinburgh Castle.