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Worn by Alexander Peden

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Detail of mask

This detail shows the holes for the eyes and nose in the face-mask and wig used by Alexander Peden, a Covenanting minister from Ayrshire. Peden used the face-mask and wig as a disguise when preaching at 'conventicles' - illegal outdoor services.

The holes for the eyes have been crudely stitched. The nose is formed from a separate piece of leather, sewn on to the 'face' and the cheeks have been reddened.

After he left the new Episcopalian Scottish Church, Peden became a Covenanter and spent the rest of his life on the run from government troops. As a Covenanter he upheld the National Covenant and believed that God was the head of the Church, not the King.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-075-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NT 240
Date: 1670s and 1680s
Around 1670
c. 1660 - 1670
Material: Leather; fabric, dark red and brown; hair; feathers, brown; wood
Linen; hair
Dimensions: 235 mm H x 260 mm W
458 mm L x 250 mm Dia
What: Mask / face, false
Who: Reverend Alexander Peden (Owner)
Reverend Alexander Peden (Owner)
Description: Face mask made of leather, roughly oval, worn by Alexander Peden, a covenanting minister, c. 1670s - 1680s
Wig with a base of coarse knotted linen net to which the hair, now lacking on the crown, is attached, worn by Alexander Peden, a covenanting minister, c. 1670s - 1680s
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