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A Massive Mughal Cannon Captured in 1858


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A Massive Mughal Cannon Captured in 1858

With a most unusual and striking chevron design cast in high relief

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A Massive Mughal Cannon Captured in 1858


Late 17th/Early 18th Century

Length 239 cm (94 in)

The striking chevron pattern cast in deep relief over the whole of the bronze barrel terminating with a band of flower heads at the muzzle make this cannon extremely unusual. It was captured by British soldiers in India in 1858 and brought back to London where it was exhibited at the Royal United Service Museum. It was illustrated in 'Old and New London' published in 1878.


Captured from the hill fort at Copiddroog by soldiers commanded by Major-General D Macleod, 2nd June 1858

Formerly in the collection of The United Service Institute.

Donated by Major-General D. Macleod


Listed in the Official Catalogue of the Royal United Service Museum Whitehall, London 1908 p.182 N.2689

Old and new London, 6 vols. by Walter Thornbury and Edward Walford, (1878), vol. 3, p.325


It appears that the spelling of Copiddroog may be a printing error. In the 'Journals of the Sieges of the Madras Army, in the Years 1817, 1818 and 1819', there is a description of a siege on a hill fort in 1819 with the name COPAL DROOG p.197

The 'Journal of the Royal United Service Institution, Volume 7' in the 'Proceedings of the Thirty-Third Anniversary Meeting' in the 'Additions to the Library and Museum During 1863' the gun is described as being taken at the Hill Fort of COPALDROOG

There is also reason to believe that the name may be Gopal Drooge which was the site of a natural hill fort used by Tipu Sultan's forces during the Mysore Wars and is now called Kabbal Durga south- west of Bangalore.


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