Royal Armouries

John Macky on the Horse Armoury

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colour photo of a giant armour and a boy's armour

Overall view of the 'Giant' and boy's armours. (II.22 & II.126)

  • colour photo of a giant armour and a boy's armour

    Overall view of the 'Giant' and boy's armours. (II.22 & II.126)

John Macky on the Horse Armoury

Description

John Macky was a Scottish spy and writer who provided a good description of the sights at the Tower of London including the Horse Armoury. His reference to fifteen equestrian figures dates his visit to the period after the addition of a figure of King William III after his death in 1702.

‘The HORSE ARMOURY is also very prettily disposed and much handsomer than that of the same kind in Brussels; though, I think, not quite so beautiful as that at Dresden, in Saxony; here are fifteen of the English Kings on Horseback in fine rich armour; and the Horse-Armour also very neat; and a Silver-Armour of John of Gaunt, seven Foot and a half high; besides abundance of others very showish, in the same manner as those at Dresden and Brussels’.

His references to the armouries at Brussels and Dresden suggest that he was probably a well-travelled sightseer, although it is possible that he only knew of them at second-hand from books or acquaintances.

Related Objects

Field Armour, the 'Giant' Armour Click on the title link above to find out more.

Dates from 1540 | Object number: II.22

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