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Targes from Yetholm, Scottish Borders and County Limerick

Targes from Yetholm, Scottish Borders and County Limerick

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LOCATION: Yetholm
DISTRICT: Kelso
CONTRIBUTOR: Highland Libraries
COLLECTION NAME: Fraser Mackintosh (illustrations)
DATE OF ORIGINAL: 1873


A targe is a circular battle shield. Although some examples can be made out of metal, a targe was usually made of two layers of wood covered with tooled leather. There was an arm strap and hand grip at the back and a circular boss or sometimes a spike in the centre. The example at the top of the illustration is from Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. The two underneath are from Lough Gur in County Limerick.

The illustration is from 'Archaeologia Scotica, or Transactions of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland', Vol V - Part I, Edinburgh, 1873



IDENTIFIER: QZP40_2475_P224

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