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Turkish Gun

 
 
Turkish Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
1. Turkish Gun Marker
Inscription.
Made by Murad, son of Abdullah
Chief gunner in 1524 taken in
Egypt by the British Army 1801
The gun is inscribed
The Solomon of the age the Great Sultan Commander
the dragon guns (to be made) When they breathe roaring
like thunder. May the enemy's forts be raised to the ground
Year of the Hegira 931

 
Location. 51° 30.316′ N, 0° 7.66′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker is on Horse Guards Road just south of The Mall, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: City of Westminster, England SW1A 2AX, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. For His Majesty's Pleasure (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Pelicans of St Jame's Park (about 210 meters away); Duck Island Cottage (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Benjamin Franklin (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Herman Melville (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Battle of Britain Memorial (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Ho Chi Minh (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Trial of William Wallace (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
 
More about this marker.
Turkish Gun and Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
2. Turkish Gun and Marker - Wide View
The marker is found directly beneath the gun located on the northeast corner of the Horse Guards Parade Grounds.
 
Regarding Turkish Gun. The Year of the Hegira 931 is the Islamic calendar equivalent of 1524 A.D.


The gun was installed as a war trophy on the Horse Guards Parade in 1802, having been taken from the French forces at the end of the siege of Alexandria.
 
Also see . . .  Siege of Alexandria (Wikipedia). "The Siege of Alexandria was fought between 17 August and 2 September 1801, during the French Revolutionary Wars, between French and British forces and was the last action of the Egyptian Campaign. The French had occupied Alexandria, a major fortified harbour city on the Nile Delta in northern Egypt, since 2 July 1798, and the garrison there surrendered on 2 September 1801." (Submitted on November 2, 2017.) 
 
Additional keywords. artillery cannon
 
Categories. Military
 
Turkish Gun - Carriage image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
3. Turkish Gun - Carriage
The inscription on the carriage clarifies that only the gun is of Turkish origin, as the carriage itself was made in the Royal Carriage Department.
Turkish Gun - Trail Decoration image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
4. Turkish Gun - Trail Decoration
The gun's trail is decorated with a crocodile.
Turkish Gun - Carriage Wheel Hub Decoration image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
5. Turkish Gun - Carriage Wheel Hub Decoration
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 2, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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