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Border Pricker– Elizabethan Light Horseman


This figure is interpreted from John Derricke’s  ‘Image of Ireland’ a book produced in 1581 relating events of English action against Irish rebels.

This soldier is a light horseman, most likely recruited amongst the feuding families of the Anglo Scots border. He wears a fully sleeved  mid thigh length mail shirt, a burgonet helmet and a plate gorget to protect his neck, long leather riding boots offer some protection for his legs. He is armed with lance and sword and carries a shield bearing the English emblem of the Saint George’s cross.

These were light cavalry, used for reconnaissance and raiding but did prove themselves very effective against the far more primitive and ill disciplined Irish horsemen. However, they would probably have fared less well against the pistol armed light cavalry of continental Europe.

 


 
 

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