Historic uniform goes under the hammer

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By Alexander Lawrie

A HISTORIC army uniform which once belonged to a Scots Victorian politician has gone under the hammer at an Edinburgh auction house.

The Royal Company of Archers’ officer’s uniform came complete with a black felt hat, green jacket, trews, a court dress sword in black leather scabbard with gilt mounts, a sword belt, and patent leather boots and fetched £1500 at the Lyon and Turnbull sale on Saturday.

The uniform once belonged to Charles Lindsay Orr-Ewing, a Conservative MP for Ayr Burghs from 1895 until his death in 1903.

Founded in 1676, the Royal Company of Archers was originally an archery club which received its first Royal Charter in 1704.

It has been recognised as the Queen’s official Bodyguard for Scotland since 1822.

The aristocrat was born in September 1860 and was the youngest son of Sir Archibald Orr-Ewing and was educated at the exclusive Harrow School.

After spending time travelling in the East he was pointed as a captain in the 3rd Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

He married the Hon. Beatrice Hore Ruthven, daughter of Lord Ruthven of Freeland, in 1888, before divorcing six years later. He then married Lady Augusta Helen Boyle, daughter of David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow, in 1898.

Mr Orr-Ewing became MP for the Ayr Burghs in 1895 and passed away from heart failure in 1903, aged just 43.

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