A SCARCE PAIR OF 18-BORE FLINTLOCK QUEEN-ANNE BELT-PISTOLS, SIGNATURE OBSCURED, no visible serial numbers,
circa 1760 and possibly signed for 'JOHNSON, LONDON', with 5 1/4in. turn off cannon barrels, traces of scroll engraving and London proofs at breech, borderline engraved radiused action bodies with applied top-tangs with feathered terminals, traces of engraving and moulding to the frizzen fronts, borderline engraved circular top-jaws, walnut grips swelling at the pommel and mounted with white-metal grotesque mask butt-caps (one dented), carved aprons around the top-tang, complex white metal escutcheons engraved with a wreathed arm holding a sword vertically aloft surrounded by the motto 'NE PARCAS NEC SPERNUS' (have no mercy and scorn), moulded trigger-guard bows, pierced white-metal side-plates and iron belt-hooks
Provenance: The armorial and motto belong to the Clan Lamont (sometime Lamond) family of Argyle, Scotland. The clan is said to descend from Ánrothán Ua Néill, an Irish prince of the O'Neill dynasty, and through him Niall Noigíallach, High King of Ireland. Clan Ewen of Otter, Clan MacNeil of Barra, Clan Lachlan, and Clan Sweeney are also descendants of Ánrothán. Traditional genealogy would therefore include Clan Lamont among the descendants of Conn Cétchathach.
Clan Lamont ruled most of the Cowal peninsula in Argyll for centuries. However, the clan's standing was damaged by the Dunoon Massacre in 1646, when Campbell clansmen killed around 200 Lamont clansmen. Many Lamonts moved, particularly to the Scottish Lowlands. Today, Lamonts are widespread in Canada, Australia, Britain and other countries.
The 29th and current chief of Clan Lamont is Rev. Fr. Peter Lamont, Chief of the Name and Arms of Lamont.
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