Beggar's badge

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From Edinburgh

Postcard of Beggar's badge.
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Beggar's badge

This beggar's badge is from Edinburgh. It is made of brass and dates from around 1800.

The front of the circular badge has a crown and below this 'Edinr. 341'. It bears the name of the holder, Donald McGregor. There are four perforations at the sides.

Donald McGregor is a Highland name; Clan Gregor came from the southern edges of the Highlands. In the era of agricultural and industrial change in the 18th and 19th century, many Highlanders moved south to the towns and cities of the Central Belt.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-220-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJA 109
Date: Around 1800
Material: Inscription: [Crwon] / Edinr. / 341 / Donald McGregor
Dimensions: 74 mm Diam
What: Badge
Subject: Badges and insignia (NMAS Classification)
Who: Donald McGregor (Owner)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Circular badge showing a crown
  • Brook, A.J.S. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland 21 (1886-7), pp 169-179 
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