|Medieval Sword, late 14th Century. Westford Knight. Westford, MA. Knights Templar in America|
I spent some time in the Medieval gallery this afternoon. The Sword on the left is a typical example of a European sword from the late 14th Century.
Whenever I look at it, I'm reminded of the Westford Knight carving here in Massachusetts. Legend has it that in 1398 a group of Scottish explorers, possibly led by Prince Henry Sinclair, made it to North America. They ventured down to what is now Westford, MA where a member of their party died. He was memorialized there with the broken sword effigy (seen at right) carved onto a rock ledge.