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made in Inverness

Postcard of Quaich.
© National Museums Scotland


A quaich is a traditional Scottish drinking vessel. This silver example, dated 1770, was made in Inverness by Charles Jamieson.

The side is engraved, 'Gift Kath McKenzie to Geo Tuach 1770'. The handles or 'lugs' are engraved, 'Geo Tuach 1789' and 'Ann McLea'.

The name quaich probably comes from the Gaelic 'cuach' meaning cup. They were popular all over Scotland from at least the early 17th century, and were often given as gifts of love or friendship.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-444-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1
Date: 1770
c. 1770
Material: Silver. Inscription: On lugs: Geo Tuach 1789 / Ann McLea; C.J.; INS; round side: Gift Kath McKenzie to Geo Tuach 1770; under each handle: 72 M.F
Dimensions: 71 mm
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Ann McLea (Owner ?)
Charles Jamieson, Inverness (Silversmith)
George Tuach (Owner)
Kath McKenzie (Presenter)
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Inverness
Description: Silver quaich by Charles Jamieson, Inverness, engraved "Geo Tuach 1789" and "Ann McLea" on the lugs, with "Gift Kath McKenzie to Geo Tuach 1770" round the side
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