Written charm, for curing toothache

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Written charm, for curing toothache

This written charm to cure toothache was purchased from a woman at Kishorn in Lochcarron in the Highlands. It was worn round the neck by a shepherd.

Written charm to cure toothache bought from a professional witch at Kishorn, Lochcarron, and worn round the neck by a shepherd

Charms were widely used to ward off illness. Their special nature came from unusual materials or in the case of written charms, quasi-religious wording. Often they were worn, but some were dipped in water which was then drunk.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-717-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NO 18
Date: 18th or 19th century
Dimensions: 75 mm L x 203 mm W
What: Charm
Subject: Jewellery: charms, amulets (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Lochcarron, Kishorn
  • Scottish Charms and Amulets / G.F. Black - PSAS 27 (1892-3), 433-526, p. 492 
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