The Arms and Armour collection features the Avant Armour, made in Milan around 1440-45 and thought to be the earliest near-complete plate armour in the world.
Also prominently featured is the complete set of armour for man and horse, made for the first Earl of Pembroke around 1550.
The core of the collection came from the bequest in 1939, of the Greenock shipbuilder R L Scott, who had built up one of the finest private collections of European arms and armour in the world. Scott favoured ‘the real fighting stuff’, meaning objects that had seen military service rather than aesthetic or trophy pieces. Consequently almost every item in the collection merits attention and portrays the effects of war and warfare on the wearer or user.