Mask and wig

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Worn by Alexander Peden

Postcard of Mask and wig.
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Mask and wig

This shows the left side of 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 leather mask is shaped to the face by a 'T' shaped thong sewn inside. The beard and wig are probably made of human hair.

The mask was discovered in the 1840s in a cottage near Cumnock in Ayrshire. It belonged to the great granddaughter of Peden's brother. Peden's relics, such as the mask, wig and sword, had been handed down through his family for generations.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-831-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
Material: Linen; hair
Dimensions: 458 mm L x 250 mm Dia
What: Wig
Who: Reverend Alexander Peden (Owner)
Description: 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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