1949 Silver R G Lawrie Sgian Dubh Vintage – RN Surgeon – Capt. Made by R G Larie the famous bagpipe makers in hallmarked sterling silver. Presented to Royal Navy Surgeon – Capt Fergus Alastair Ferguson MacKenzie QHP MB ChB DMRD FRCR RN. Engraved on the back with his name and Simonstown ( South Africa ) 1950 date.
Fergus MacKenzie was born in Glasgow in 1922 and attended Loretto School, Musselburgh. He studied medicine at Glasgow University and graduated in 1945. He joined the Royal Naval Reserve and later entered the Royal Navy join HMS Frobisher. He was then posted to the Royal Naval Hospital in Simonstown South Africa. He was presented with this sgian dubh when he left South Africa for another posting in Singapore.
He had a great passion for the Highland bagpipe and joined the Royal Navy Pipe Band. he was also a great Highland dancer having won his school award for dancing in 1936. Future posting took him around the world. He became Honorary Physician to HM the Queen and was admitted to the Order of St John of Jerusalem. He retired from the Royal Navy in 1978 and settled back in England.
1949 Silver R G Lawrie Sgian Dubh Vintage – RN Surgeon – Capt – Robert G Lawrie Ltd, Glasgow, 1949. with short blade over a silver hilt, carved bog oak grip and silver pommel with inset oval stone, in a silver mounted black leather scabbard, inscribed to hilt and throat, ‘Fergus Mackenzie, Simonstown 1950’, 18.5cm overall length.
We have a passion for fine antique and collectible sgian dubh’s and Highland dirks. We source antique Jacobite styles of the 18th century, high Victorian styles and regimental patterns of WW1 – WW2. Our sgian dubh and dirk range make wonderful addition to any Highland dress collection.
Our range of fine hallmarked sterling silver skean dubh’s made by the Highland regimental silversmith and Royal silversmiths Hamilton & Inches in Edinburgh, Scotland. We can engrave many of these skean dubhs for presentation gifts.
The Gaelic sgian dubh meaning “black knife”, where “black” may refer to the usual colour of the handle of the knife. It is also suggested that “black” means secret, or hidden, as in the word blackmail. This is based on the stories and theories surrounding the knife’s origin and the meaning of “Dubh” in Gaelic, in particular those associated with the Highland custom of depositing weapons at the entrance to a house prior to entering as a guest. Despite this practice, a small twin edged-dagger, (‘Mattucashlass’), concealed under the armpit, combined with a smaller knife, (‘Sgian dubh’).