Join AFROMET | Return Treasure | Sign Petition
AFROMET - The Association for the Return of The Maqdala Ethiopian TreasuresDetail from the amulet of Emperor Tewodros
 Home | The History | The Treasure | News & Events | About Us
the treasure
King's Own Bible

The 4th King’s Own regiment returned with a number of battle trophies from the campaign, including what regimental records describe as "an illuminated bible".

According to The King’s Own: The Story of a Royal Regiment Volume II 1814-1914 written in 1939:

The Regiment has in its possession many relics of the Abyssinian campaign including several early Coptic crosses and an illuminated Bible. A glass jug, now in the regimental museum, was presented to the Battalion by Messrs Pellatt & Co., glass manufacturers to the Queen. On the reverse side are nine medallions depicting views of Magdala; it is said to have taken over a year to cut, and was at one time insured for £2,000.
The Coptic crosses mentioned are probably the processional crosses still on display in the regimental chapel in Lancaster.

The 4th King’s Own Regiment became the modern day King's Own Royal Border Regiment.

AFROMET has also listed other items of Maqdala plunder at the Lancaster museum.

Current location

The King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, City Museum, Market Square, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1HT, UK
treasure count:
468 items
still missing
10 items
(still counting)

search treasure
recent discoveries

Cameronians' cross
Reed shirt
Lancaster miscellaneous
Halifax miscellaneous
Throne cloth
Dundee scroll

full list of

missing treasure
returned treasure

see more

human remains
military hardware
personal effects
religious artefacts
royal regalia

current locations

The British Library
The British Museum
Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum Halifax
Dundee University Museum
Edinburgh University Library
The John Rylands Uni Library
Lancaster Museum & Priory
National Archives of Scotland
The Schøyen Collection
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Windsor Castle

Other locations

powered by

Movable Type 2.63