Beggar's badge

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from the Parish of Cavers, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Beggar's badge.
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Beggar's badge

This beggar's badge is from the parish of Cavers in Roxburghshire. It is made of lead and dates from 1729.

The front of the heart-shaped badge bears the words 'Cavers, Roxb' and the date, 1729. There are two perforations at the top.

The heart is the emblem of the Douglases, a powerful clan which in medieval times dominated much of southern Scotland. The shape of the badge is probably a reference to the clan.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-193-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJA 33
Date: 1729
Dimensions: 55 mm L x 58 mm W (max)
What: Badge, beggar's
Subject: Badges and insignia (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Cavers
Description: Beggar's badge from Cavers, 1729
  • Brook, A.J.S. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland 21 (1886-7), pp 169-179 
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