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TITLE
The Brooch of Lorn
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2475_P006
DATE OF IMAGE
1857
PERIOD
1850s
CREATOR
W Penny
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31710
KEYWORDS
brooches
jewellery
plaids
decorations
pins
ornaments
gems
celtpicted
The Brooch of Lorn

The Brooch of Lorn was acquired by the MacDougall clan in the 14th century. As Robert the Bruce was retreating from the battle of Methven in 1306 he was attacked by a group of MacDougalls at Dalrigh near Tyndrum. A group of MacDougalls pursued him and one of them ripped the brooch from his plaid. The brooch was taken from the MacDougalls by the Campbells in the 17th century and returned almost 200 years later.

The brooch is from a class known as reliquary brooches. It has an oval-shaped crystal set in silver and surrounded by pearls. The crystal unscrews to reveal a small chamber where a relic or other religious memento could be kept.

This plate is taken from 'Archaeologia Scotica or Transactions of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, vol IV, part III'

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The Brooch of Lorn

1850s

brooches; jewellery; plaids; decorations; pins; ornaments; gems; celtpicted

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

The Brooch of Lorn was acquired by the MacDougall clan in the 14th century. As Robert the Bruce was retreating from the battle of Methven in 1306 he was attacked by a group of MacDougalls at Dalrigh near Tyndrum. A group of MacDougalls pursued him and one of them ripped the brooch from his plaid. The brooch was taken from the MacDougalls by the Campbells in the 17th century and returned almost 200 years later.<br /> <br /> The brooch is from a class known as reliquary brooches. It has an oval-shaped crystal set in silver and surrounded by pearls. The crystal unscrews to reveal a small chamber where a relic or other religious memento could be kept.<br /> <br /> This plate is taken from 'Archaeologia Scotica or Transactions of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, vol IV, part III'