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Archibald the Grim
Upon opening the package here is what we saw of Archibald “the Grim” Douglas, later 3rd Earl of Douglas....

The miniature shows him as he might have been as he was fighting with the French at the Battle of Poitiers on 19 Sep 1356 where he was captured by the English but ransomed by William Ramsay of Colluthy for 40 shillings by saying he was only an esquire impersonating his master and gave Archi a cuff on the ear for good measure.

Archi, became Sir Archibald, then Lord of Galloway and finally the 3rd Earl of Douglas becoming one of the most powerful Scottish border magnates... but managed to die in his bed on Christmas Eve 1400 in his stronhold of Bothwell Castle.

Archi stands about 1 7/8" high, was cast in pewter, finished out, polished and painted by Peter and Gilly Greenhill of Greenhill Miniatures arriving mid November 2011. Greeenhill Miniatures are considered amongst the very cream of the finest of miniature knights.

2011 1205

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