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Donald McBane

McBane, Donald (1664–c.1730), Born in Inverness, Donald joined the British Army fought in the Highlands and in Europe where he opened a number of fencing schools. Donald later wrote a book on his extensive experience in swordsmanship and his life in the army

The Expert Sword-man's Companion; or the True Art of Self-Defence. With all Account of the Author's Life and his Transactions during the Wars with France. To which is annexed, The Arts of Gunnerie. Illustrated with 22 etched copper plates. By Donald McBane. Published Glasgow, 1728.

Sir William Hope

William Hope (1660-1724) wrote a number of books on fencing, his most important works being the New Method, and the Vade Mecum

William Machrie 

William Machrie was a fencing master who taught in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Scotland in the late 17th, and early 18th centuries. He was also known as Judge and Arbitrator of all who make any publick Trial of Skill in the Noble Art of the Sword, within the Kingdom of Scotland.

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G. Sinclair 

Captain G. Sinclair was an officer in the Black Watch in the late 1700's and wrote a book in 1790 on singlestick and broadsword called 'Anti-Pugilism' he later revised and republished his work under the title 'Cudgel-Playing'

'Anti-Pugilism; or, The Science of Defence, exemplified in short and easy lesson...of the broadsword, and single stick by a highland officer'.  Published London, 1790, J Aitkin.

'Cudgel Playing...or The Science of Defence...in a Few Short Lessons for the Practice of the Broad Sword or Single Stick on Foot', by G. Sinclair.  Published London, J Bailey,

Archibald MacGregor

Archibald MacGregor was a Paisley fencing master who toured Scotland in the late 1700's giving lectures and instruction on the sword. Macgregor’s lecture on the art of defence. In which he attempts to prove the antiquity of fencing, and shew the usefulness of it, even now when fire arms are in use, was published by subscribers from Paisley, Glasgow, Greenock, Dumbarton and Ayr.

'Lecture on The Art of Defence', by MacGregor.  Published Paisley, 1791, J Neilson.