THE TARGE (AN TARGAID)
In JACOBITE times, targes were the highlanders main means of defence in battle. A targe was a circular shield about 19" in diameter, with the front covered in tough hide, and the back in deerskin or cowhide. The front was decorated with brass or silver studs and plates which occasionally had cut-outs, backed with red cloth (traditionally a piece of red-coat s uniform). The leather was usually tooled in Celtic type patterns etc. Some targes had a lethal spike screwed into the central boss.
In 1745, William Lindsay, a wright from Perth made targes for
Bonnie Prince Charlie s army.
Now, many years later, another Lindsay is making similar targes only 8 miles from Culloden, where many were last used in battle.
JOE LINDSAY, The Targemaker handcrafts high quality reproductions of original targes in his small workshop at North Kessock near Inverness in the highlands of Scotland.
Each targe is boxed (with a short "history" ticket enclosed) and may be obtained by mail order, direct from the workshop, or from selected outlets.
Targemaker targes are collector's pieces which are now found throughout the world.
THE KEPPOCH TARGE
This targe is based on an original which is reputed to have belonged to Chief Alasdair Macdonell of Keppoch at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, where he was mortally wounded.
It is now in the National Museum in Edinburgh.
Click any picture to enlarge and see details
GORDON £ 260
CAMERON £ 240
CULLODEN £ 240
DRUMOSSIE £ 240
FRASER £ 240
GRAHAM £ 240
GRANT £ 240
CLANRANALD £ 210
ISLES £ 240
CAMPBELL of Lorn £ 240
MACKAY £ 240
MACKENZIE £ 240
PERTH £ 240
STEWART £ 240
ST.MARTINS £ 240
FIGHTING £ 130
BACK OF TARGE
SMALL "1/2" TARGES
(Approx 290mm dia)
These may be bought as "1/2 size" reproductions with small handles and arm-straps, or as "bucklers" with one strong central handle on back.
Prices for "1/2" targes -
"Simple" with "rep" back £ 50
"Simple" with "Buckler" back £ 52
"Special" with "rep" back £ 90
"Special" with "Buckler" back £ 95
POST & PACKING CHARGES
Rep. of Ireland
U.S.A. & Canada
Far East & Australasia
Rest of World
£12 per targe
£23 per targe
£45 per targe
£55 per targe
£70 per targe
£75 per targe
£ 7 per targe
£10 per targe
£15 per targe
£18 per targe
£23 per targe
£25 per targe
***** You may also have to pay your own country s import duties****
HOW TO BUY
YOU CAN NOW BUY SECURELY ON LINE WITH PayPal
(whether you have a PayPal account or not)
FOR DETAILS e-mail
You can, of course still pay by cash, or by cheque ( British only ) -
Payble to ---- J.F.LINDSAY
This would save you the Paypal fee
Inverness IV1 3XN
Telephone (+44) (0) 1463 731 577
I HAVE NOW CREATED A SMALL RANGE OF "SIMPLIFIED" VERSIONS OF SOME OF MY TARGES, BY OMITTING THE LEATHER EMBOSSING.
THIS GREATLY REDUCES THE TIME IT TAKES TO MAKE THEM AND THEREFORE ALLOWS ME TO REDUCE THE PRICE ACCORDINGLY.
TO SEE THE RANGE
NOW THAT YOU' VE SEEN THE TARGES
HERE ARE SOME OTHER INTERESTING THINGS TO LOOK AT
Where I am in North Kessock ----------------
Excellent Sword Makers
And Ray Owens, the Highlander
The Celtic/French Connections
A superb celtic jeweller
The Auld Alliance Pub in Paris
Fort Augustus Clansman Centre
Clans and associations
Visitors Gallery ----------------
28th April 2013
IT IS WITH GREAT REGRET THAT I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT I HAVE NOW RETIRED FROM TARGEMAKING, DUE TO ARTHRITIS IN MY HANDS.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL MY MANY CUSTOMERS, WHO HAVE SUPPORTED ME OVER THE YEARS - THANK YOU SO MUCH.
I WILL KEEP THIS WEB SITE UP FOR A WHILE FOR NOSTALGIC REASONS, AND WOULD STILL LOVE TO GET YOUR PHOTOS TO PUT ON THE "CUSTOMERS" PAGE.
BEFORE I GO, I WOULD ASK YOU TO
SPARE A FEW MOMENTS TO LOOK AT
A LITTLE STORY THAT I HAVE WRITTEN
ABOUT AN ADVENTURE I HAD IN AFRICA,
CALLED "TICKET TO TIMBUKTU"
IT'S ON AMAZON AS A KINDLE E-BOOK.
to go to BOOK