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From Priesthill, Ayrshire

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This clay pipe bowl was found at Priesthill in Ayrshire. It dates from the early 18th century was made by Samuel Hindshaw, pipemaker, in Glasgow.

The bowl is marked on either side with the initials of its maker,'H S'.

Tobacco reached Scotland from America in the early 17th century and the habit of smoking soon caught on. Tobacco was smoked in clay pipes, which were cheap and disposable. The first clay pipes were imported from the Low Countries.

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