Crossbow nut

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From Urquhart Castle, near Drumnadrochit, Inverness-Shire

Postcard of Crossbow nut.
© National Museums Scotland

Crossbow nut

This crossbow nut - part of the mechanism to work a crossbow - is made from a section of deer antler. It dates from the 16th century and was one of a number of objects found during the restoration of Urquhart Castle near Drumnadrochit in Inverness-shire.

Crossbow nut made from a section of antler and probably turned on a lathe, from Urquhart Castle, 16th century

Dating from the 12th century, Urquhart Castle commanded a strategic position on Loch Ness and was vital to the crown's control of the Highlands. It was partially blown up when evacuated by government forces in 1691 and thereafter decayed rapidly.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-272-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.HY 21
Date: 16th century
Material: Deerhorn
Dimensions: 32 mm
What: Nut, crossbow
Subject: Finds from Urquhart Castle (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Glen Urquhart, Urquhart Castle
  • Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland 112, 1982, 465-476. 
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