Figure, possibly of St Ninian

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From near Whithorn, Wigtownshire

Postcard of Figure, possibly of St Ninian.
© National Museums Scotland

Figure, possibly of St Ninian

This carved oak figure of a bishop was found in a moss near Whithorn in Wigtownshire and dates from the 14th century. It possibly represents St Ninian.

Carved wooden effigy of a bishop

St Ninian was one of Scotland's early saints. He was a British bishop based at Whithorn in Wigtownshire in the second half of the 5th century and seems to have played a significant part in the spread of Christianity to the east and south of Scotland.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-725-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KL 219
Date: 14th century
15th century
Material: Wood
Dimensions: 825 mm H x 230 mm W x 130 mm D
What: Figure / bishop
Subject: Carved woodwork, painted ceilings (NMAS Classification)
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