Beggar's badge

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from Aberdeen

Postcard of Beggar's badge.
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Beggar's badge

This beggar's badge is from Aberdeen. It is made of lead and dates from 1722.

The front of the circular badge is inscribed with the number 52, the date, 1722, and 'Old Abd' for Old Aberdeen. There is a pierced suspension loop at the top.

As late as 1890, Old Aberdeen was a separate burgh with its own High Street, railway, canal and public buildings.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-190-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJA 29
Date: 1722
Dimensions: 53 mm L x 40 mm W
What: Badge, beggar's
Subject: Badges and insignia (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen
Description: Beggar's badge, from Old Aberdeen, 1722
  • Brook, A.J.S. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland 21 (1886-7), pp 169-179 
  • Keay, J. & Keay J. (ed). Encyclopaedia of Scotland. London: Collins, 1994 p 9 
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