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Caledonian Challenge Shield medal  - Robert Mackay
Caledonian Challenge Shield medal - Robert Mackay

Circular bronze medal (a) with arms of saltire protruding from edge. On one side there is a central shield with the Scottish royal crest and the words CALEDONIAN CHALLENGE SHIELD INST. 1863 round the rim. On the other a shield with a three-turreted castle and CITY OF EDINR & MIDLOTHIAN RIFLE ASSOC INST. 1861 round the edge. The medal fits in a presentation box (b), which is covered in brown paper. The base of the box is lined with maroon velvet and the lid with cream silk, soiled and worn through, stamped in gold ALEXR KIRKWOOD & SON MEDALISTS 9 ST JAMES SQUARE EDINBURGH ESTAB. 1826. The hinges of the box have broken off and the lid has been stuck to the base with sellotape.
Part of the Robert Mackay collection.
Picture added on 24 April 2008
I have one of these shield medals. Can you tell me anything else about them? Who would have received one? I have an ancestor who was in the army at that time and he came from Edinburgh.

The Caledonian Challenge Shield is a shooting trophy ( from it's website - at 9ft. 6ft. high x 6ft. wide it is believed to be the largest example of its type in the World and is in the Guinness Book of Records; it is Scotland's premier shooting award, second in importance only to the 'Queens Prize' at Bisley; it was acquired by the 74th Highlanders in 1883 and is still shot for each year; it is part of the The Atholl Country Collection, Blair Atholl, Perthshire).

I assume that the medal was given to Robert Mackay (an excellent shooter) for competing in the competition and achieving a score which was awarded this medal. Presumably your ancestor was also a very good shot - Administrator

Added by on 13 November 2010
I am also in possession of one of these shields
Added by William S Fisher on 06 January 2011
I am in possession of two of these shooting medals. The workmanship is excellent. Are they scarce or have they been around since 1863 ?

Thank you for your comment. The shooting medals have been awarded most years since 1863 so there will be quite a few of them around - Administrator
Added by Doug Grierson. on 19 September 2012
Yes I have one also, there is a list of shield winners on
However I do not recognise a name which relates to my family name Steel or Steele ~ Thank you for the information. ~ Administrator.
Added by Alex Steel on 10 October 2016
Hi there, i found one of these about 25 years ago underneath my garage in a house in Old Windsor Berkshire.

Mine has 1863 on it. Id love to learn more about it.

Added by Chris on 28 November 2016
Would be interested in learning the value of such a medal.
Added by Andrew Campbell Scott on 05 August 2019
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