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From Bothwell Castle, Lanarkshire

Postcard of Jug.
© National Museums Scotland


This earthenware jug is from Bothwell Castle in Lanarkshire. It dates from the 13th or 14th century.

The orange-and-green-glazed baluster-shaped jug is decorated with three incised fern leaves.

Situated on the Clyde, Bothwell Castle was probably built in the second half of the 13th century and was an important fortress during the Wars of Independence. It has been called 'probably the greatest ruin of its kind in Scotland'.

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Online ID: 000-100-045-853-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEC 37
Date: 1200 - 1400
13th or 14th century
Material: Pottery; orange and dark green glaze; restored
Dimensions: 304 mm H; 71 mm D (rim); 127 mm max d (shoulder)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Bothwell Castle
Description: Restored baluster jug with inturned rim with narrow internal bevel and ridged strap handle, orange and dark green glaze, 13th to 14th century, from Bothwell Castle, Lanarkshire, 1937 - 1938
  • Keay, J. & Keay J. (ed). Encyclopaedia of Scotland. London: Collins, 1994 p 93 
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