Beggar's badge

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from the Parish of Killearn, Stirlingshire

Postcard of Beggar's badge.
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Beggar's badge

This beggar's badge is thought to come from the parish of Killearn in Stirlingshire. It dates from the 18th century and is made of lead.

The front of the oval badge is inscribed with 'Killrn Poor' and 'No 2'. There is a pierced suspension loop at the top.

In medieval and early modern times, beggars were generally valued and respected for the news they carried and for their craftsmanship or their medical or musical skills. This only changed with industrialisation, when the numbers begging rapidly increased

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Online ID: 000-100-002-218-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJA 95
Date: 18th century
Material: Lead
Dimensions: 40 mm L x 41 mm W
What: Badge, beggar's
Subject: Badges and insignia (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Stirlingshire, Killearn
Description: Oval beggar's badge of lead with a pierced loop at the top, possibly from Killearn
  • Brook, A.J.S. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland 21 (1886-7), pp 169-179 
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