Historic Boyne musket up for auction

The musket is thought to have been used at both the Battle of the Boyne and the Siege of Londonderry
The musket is thought to have been used at both the Battle of the Boyne and the Siege of Londonderry

The gun that made world headlines and came to symbolise the Irish peace process is up for auction on June 18.

In 2007 the privately-owned musket was presented by then First Minister Dr Ian Paisley, to then Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the Battle of the Boyne site.

The weapon presented by Dr Paisley was designed to signal a new beginning in north-south relations and an end to conflict.

The musket, thought to have been used at two of the most historic battles ever fought on Irish soil – the Siege of Derry in 1688/89 and the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 – will go under the hammer at Ross’s Auction Rooms in Belfast.