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From Urquhart Castle, near Drumnadrochit, Inverness-Shire

Postcard of Bolt.
© National Museums Scotland


This iron bolt for a crossbow was one of a number of objects found during the restoration of Urquhart Castle near Drumnadrochit in Inverness-shire. It dates from the 14th or 15th century and was for military use.

One of thirteen arrowheads of iron for military use, highly developed, from Urquhart Castle, 14th - 15th 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: 000-100-000-282-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.HY 42
Date: 14th - 15th century
14th or 15th century
Material: Iron
Dimensions: 66 mm
What: Arrowhead
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, pp 465-476 
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