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An targaid Gàidhealach – the Highland Targe

Thanks to Pat Maclaine for sending in pictures of his work.

These targaids are completely hand crafted and are made following the original methods. I took the patterns from the original ones. The hide of the front is entirely hand tooled and I use to set deerskin, goat, cow and ship on the back which is stuffed with straw, hair, skin or crude wool.

I have spent some twenty years researching on Scottish targes and they do not seem to be enough yet!

Lochbuie targe - Maclaine of Lochbuie- circa 18th. C

The original Lochbuie targaid is missing since it was on display at Stirling for the 150th. anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. I am working on three replicas of this targe, one of them will be specially made for the Chief of the Clan Maclaine of Lochbuie - Lorne Gillean Iain Maclaine of Lochbuie, 26th. Lochbuie. The tooling work is completely hand made on tough hide 3mm-4mm thick .The centre boss is engraved in Celtic patterns as seen in many original targes from both 17th. and 18th Cs..  The back has Feral goat which is stuffed with straw ( “In order to absorb shock stuffing was packed under the backing leather. Any convenient material deems to have been used – scraps of calf or deer skin, loose deer hair and straw are all encountered “ Colin Rolland. ) .Both the  adjustable arm strap and hand grip are attached via a pair of metal staples like in the original targe. Dr. David Caldwell – Keeper of  Scotland & Europe /  National Museums Scotland – let me know that the Lochbuie targe could be as early in date as the 18th century. Diameter: 20-1/2 inches.

There is no press work involved in any of these targes. They all are entirely hand crafted.

As an official representative of the Clan Maclaine of Lochbuie I am just proud to work on this replica for the Chief.



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