Beggar's badge

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from the Parish of Greenock, Inverclyde

Postcard of Beggar's badge.
© National Museums Scotland

Beggar's badge

This beggar's badge is from the parish of Greenock in Inverclyde. It dates from the early 19th century and is made of brass.

The front of the oval convex badge has a tree in the centre - a rebus on the town's name. Around the edge are the words ' Town of Greenock' and below the tree is the number 98. There is a pierced suspension loop at the top and bottom of the badge.

The name Greenock comes from the Gaelic 'Grianag', meaning 'sunny place'.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-219-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJA 96
Date: Early 19th century
Material: Brass
Dimensions: 85 mm L x 55 mm W
What: Badge, beggar's
Subject: Badges and insignia (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Renfrewshire, Greenock
Description: Oval beggar's badge of brass, with pierced loops top and bottom, from Greenock
  • Brook, A.J.S. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland 21 (1886-7), pp 169-179 
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