Carved wooden figurehead from the iron steamer RMS Claymore. The figurehead represents a bearded highland warrior in kilt, tunic, plaid and bonnet, taking up a defensive stance with his claymore (broadsword) raised in his right hand. His white and gold colouring copies the original MacBrayne livery colours.
Claymore was built at the Clyde yard of J & G Thomson in 1881. The vessel had been ordered by MacBraynes and was designed to serve year round on the West Coast route to Oban. She ran on this route for fifty years before being broken up in 1931.