"No master better versed in their points" A Celebration of R.L. Scott and His Arms & Armour Collection
Glasgow Museums 19-20 September 2012
This was arms and armour scholar Sir James Mann's assessment of this remarkable man.
Robert Lyons Scott (1871-1939) was the chairman of the oldest shipbuilding firm in the world. On his death he bequeathed to the people of Glasgow his magnificent collection of arms and armour comprising 890 pieces and 3000 books and manuscripts; the "most considerable collection in private hands at that time". It included such treasures as the "Avant" armour, c. 1440 and the Greenwich armour for man and horse of the first earl of Pembroke, c. 1555.
Along with arms and armour his extraordinary collection contained one of the finest libraries of its kind. What he referred to in 1935 as "the inevitable books - damn them!" include the only surviving copy of the earliest printed book with illustrations on swordsmanship (Vienna, 1516), a unique illustrated MS of the followers of Liechtenauer, and a manuscript in the hand of the master of arms Gregor Erhart.
The aim of Scott's generous bequest was to "provide an instructive survey of the history of arms and armour" to the people of Glasgow.
Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. Sydney Anglo
Dr Tobias Capwell
Messrs Dierk Hagedorn
Robert C. Woosnam-Savage
... and many more!
This conference will be run as a joint venture between the Glasgow Museums and Triquetra Services (Scotland), the charitable organisation for which the Academy of Historical Arts provides the educational programmes.
For more information please see our website here: http://www.triquetra-services.org/conference/
Further details will be forthcoming as we can confirm more arrangements with the Glasgow Museums, and the website will be updated as and when the information becomes available.