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Iconic Scottish cannon in David vs Goliath ownership row

The world’s most famous medieval gun is at the heart of a David vs Goliath row over ownership.

The Mons Meg cannon.
The Mons Meg cannon. Image by DncnH / CC BY 2.0

Dumbarton Castle claims that it is the rightful owner of Mons Meg, the six-tonne cannon that sits in Edinburgh Castle. Mons Meg was given to James II of Scotland by Duke Philip of Burgundy in 1457, when it was at the forefront of military technology, capable of firing a 150kg gunstone up to two miles. James IV subsequently used the cannon to besiege Dumbarton Castle, near Loch Lomond. Dumbarton Castle, which received 16,000 visitors last year in comparison to Edinburgh Castle’s 1.5 million, is hoping to be able to show off the cannon as part of a range of improvements to boost its tourist profile. ‘Dumbarton has a rightful claim to Mons Meg,’ said a spokesman for the castle. ‘It played a vital part in the castle’s history and we’d love to see it back alongside the other artefacts.’ Read more: scotsman.com