Royal Armouries

EARLY SCHOLARS


The origins of the study of arms and armour lie in the efforts of a small group of 19th and early-20th century gentlemen scholars. Today the field has grown wide in its appeal; from the university trained academic, to the enthusiastic re-enactor.

Within these pages you can gain an insight both to the scholarship and the lives of those early scholars.

Robert Coltman Clephan

Baron de Cosson

Charles John ffoulkes

John Hewitt

Sir Guy Francis Laking

Lt. Gen. Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers

Harold Arthur Lee-Dillon

General Sir John Lefroy

Sir James Mann

Samuel Rush Meyrick

Robert Porrett

Did you know?

First commercial steel melting

Benjamin Huntsman of Sheffield is widely credited with the first commercial melting of steel in around 1740, using his crucible process. However, the melting of steel had long been practiced in central Asia and India and was known as Damascus steel.